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01/02/18 - Auburn tailback Kerryon Johnson has decided to skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. The Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year announced his decision Tuesday in a Twitter post. Johnson ran for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns this season despite missing two games with an injury. He had one three-game SEC stretch when he scored 11 touchdowns. Johnson ran for 167 yards in an upset of Georgia, which topped the playoff rankings at the time. He had 30 carries for 104 yards against then-No. 1 Alabama, but was limited in the SEC championship game rematch with the Bulldogs by a shoulder injury. He ran 22 times for 71 yards in a Peach Bowl loss to UCF on Monday. Johnson thanked Auburn fans "for all the endless support that has not always been deserved." - AP College Football
01/01/18 - Auburn's Kerryon Johnson isn't quite ready to call his college career complete. Not long after the No. 7 Tigers lost the Peach Bowl 34-27 to No. 10 Central Florida on Monday, Johnson didn't want to look to the future just yet. He already has drawn plenty of attention in the NFL after being named the Southeastern Conference offensive player of the year, but the junior from Huntsville stopped short of saying he's ready to apply for early entry for the draft. "I've got to think about the positives and negatives and all that stuff," he said. "That's a life choice. There's only a few times that you get a life choice. College is one, and this is another. Just got to take time and do it." Johnson reported no health issues after rushing 22 times for 71 yards. He scored one touchdown, a 4-yard run midway through the third quarter, but otherwise had a quiet afternoon.
There were concerns last week that Johnson wasn't recovered from right shoulder and rib injuries he suffered in the win over Alabama in the regular-season finale. He played in the SEC championship game loss to Georgia in a significant amount of pain, finishing with 44 yards rushing on a season-low 13 carries. Johnson, the powerful back who led the SEC in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards per game, was neutralized by a Central Florida defense that made stopping him its top priority. "I thought Kerryon was fairly close to 100 percent today," Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said. "We didn't do a very good job blocking up front. There's a lot of times that - they had some stunts early on and they got us before we got going. I thought Kerryon had some very good runs, some tough runs, and there wasn't a whole lot of creases like there normally is." - AP College Football
12/13/17 - 2017 ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson, who was named the AP's SEC offensive player of the year Monday, led the conference in rushing yards (1,320), rushing yards per game (120) and total touchdowns (19). The junior is the ninth different Auburn player to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since 2009. - Auburn Football
12/06/17 - 2017 SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson was named the SEC offensive player of the year. The junior running back, who was a Doak Walker Award semifinalist, led the conference with 1,320 rushing yards and 19 total touchdowns. His 17 touchdowns during league play were three more than any other SEC player, and his 15 rushing touchdowns in SEC games tied Cam Newton's record at Auburn. Johnson becomes the fourth Auburn player to win the award, joining the likes of Jason Campbell (2004), Newton (2010) and Tre Mason (2013). - Auburn Football
12/05/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS SEC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kerryon Johnson, Auburn,...Johnson averaged 120 rushing yards per game, gaining 1,320 yards and 17 touchdowns. He added 23 receptions for 188 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a TD pass, helping No. 7 Auburn win the SEC Western Division. - Auburn Football