AU Commitment Ready To Rumble

Auburn running back commitment Kamryn Pettway is pumped up about his senior season and about the future of the Tigers.

Prattville, Ala.--The offseason is always an important time for any football player, but in the case of Auburn running back commitment Kamryn Pettway it was a time for continued transformation. Always a big back, Pettway has worked to get in better condition coming off a 1,000-yard season as a junior while adding more muscle mass.

The results are staggering as Pettway checks in at 6-1, 236 for the Prattville Lions and still shows the good feet and quickness that made him a big-time prospect. Sharing the load with sophomores Kingston Davis (6-1, 210) and Joseph Burke (5-8, 205), Pettway is the leader of one of the largest backfields in Alabama this year and he's ready to rumble.

"I feel more comfortable this year," Pettway tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have put in some extra work this year to get ready. I think 236 is a good weight for me. It took a lot of effort for me in the offseason, but I did the same last summer. I just turned it up a little bit more this year."

Kamryn Pettway breaks loose for a 21-yard gain

Under the guidance at quarterback of junior Kalen Whitlow (6-1, 187), the younger brother of Kentucky QB Jalen Whitlow, Pettway said the Prattville offense is coming together as the Lions prepare for the season opener next Friday at Cramton Bowl against Carver-Montgomery.

"I think the offense is pretty good," Pettway said. "I think we'll have a great offense this year. We just have to work on our minor mistakes. I think I can put up some good numbers again this year, but I know I have to share the time with some of our younger backs so I'm going to do what I can when I get my chance."

When he's not running the ball Pettway will be called on to help clear the way for his fellow backfield mates as a lead blocker. Throwing several dominating blocks in Thursday night's jamboree win over Robert E. Lee in addition to rushing for 89 yards on 12 carries, Pettway said getting physical is a part of the game he enjoys.

Pettway and running back mate Kingston Davis

A commitment to Auburn back in March after switching from Florida State, Pettway said he's very happy with his decison and now he can just focus on his senior season with the Lions as they try to get back to the Super Six for the first time since 2011.

"I has taken a lot of the pressure off me," Pettway said. "I can just focus on football and my schoolwork and I don't have to worry about recruiting."

Making several visits to Auburn over the summer to hang out with future teammates such as DeShaun Davis, Tre Williams, Justin Thornton, Jakell Mitchell and Nick Ruffin, Pettway noted that the relationships they are already building have been huge for him to get a feel for what life is going to be like when he gets to Auburn.

"It's real fun," Pettway said. "They are a good group of guys to hang around. They are just hilarious."

Now the fun starts for both Pettway and his future team as the season gets underway next weekend. Anxious not only to see how his team performs, but to watch the Tigers as well, the big back said he thinks people are going to be surprised by the football that is played on the Plains this fall and he can't wait to be part of it.

"I think Auburn is going to be a lot better than people think," Pettway said. "They are sleeping on Auburn. It's going to all come together. I'm very anxious to see it. I'm 100 percent War Eagle. I can't wait."

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