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.
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 AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: