AU Commit Named Alabama Player of the Year

A report on Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson features a video interview with the Madison Academy standout.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn commitment Kerryon Johnson has been named the 2014 Gatorade Football Player of the Year.

The Madison Academy senior has been a standout performer on offense and defense since his ninth grade season. Heavily recruited, he was an early commitment to play running back for Coach Gus Malzahn's Auburn Tigers, choosing the Tigers over Alabama, Florida State and others.

Heading into Thursday's state championship game at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Johnson had rushed for 1,477 yards while scoring 21 touchdowns and averaging 14.5 yards per carry. He also had scored seven receiving touchdowns while making 24 catches for 532 yards.

The Under Armour All-American is a two-way standout who went into the state title game with 62 tackles and five interceptions, two which he returned for touchdowns. Additionally, he blocked four punts and returned one for a touchdown.

“Kerryon Johnson is as good as advertised,” said Dale Jeffreys, head coach of Colbert County High. “He is the best player I have ever coached against in 28 years. He is extremely strong, he’s a first-step full-speed guy and he can shake you down at the same time. He can put the team on his back and they don’t lose.”

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