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Kerryon Johnson named Maxwell Award player of the week
Kerryon Johnson, who surpassed the 1,000-yard mark on Saturday, currently leads the SEC in rushing yards (1,035) and rushing touchdowns (15). Photo: Anthony Hall/Auburn Athletics
Nov. 14, 2017

By Greg Ostendorf

AUBURN, Ala. – Kerryon Johnson is beginning to get some national recognition after another impressive performance against No. 1 Georgia over the weekend. The Auburn running back, whose coach believes should be in the Heisman Trophy conversation, was named the Maxwell Award player of the week on Tuesday.

Johnson accounted for 233 all-purpose yards – 167 yards rushing, 66 yards receiving – and a touchdown in Saturday’s 40-17 win over the Bulldogs. He logged a season-high 32 carries against the one of the nation’s top run defenses coming in.

“He probably could have carried it another 10 times,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “He’s got whatever that is. Tre Mason was exactly the same. Some guys get stronger, and he’s got that ability.”

Johnson surpassed the 1,000-yard mark in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s game, and he currently leads the SEC in rushing yards (1,035) and rushing touchdowns (15) despite missing two games early in the season. Last month, he made the final list watch list for the Maxwell Award, which is given annually to the nation’s most outstanding player.

On Monday, Johnson was selected as the SEC offensive player of the week.

Greg Ostendorf is a Senior Writer for Follow him on Twitter:



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