Auburn, Ala.--With freshman Malik Miller out after having knee surgery on Monday, the Auburn Tigers are looking for depth at the running back position and that is expected to come from wide receiver Stanton Truitt.
Seeing time in the backfield against ULM last weekend, carrying the ball seven times for 46 yards, the speedy Truitt should be a guy that can help the Tigers moving forward said Gus Malzahn.
“He's really good with the ball in his hands,” Malzahn said. “Just his role. We're starting to find our roles better right now, too. He's very good with the ball in his hands, and I think that could give us a lot of flexibility moving forward the rest of the year with him at that position.”
Expecting to get second-leading rusher Kamryn Pettway back this week for Mississippi State and having Kerryon Johnson to lean on as well, Auburn’s running game is still in good shape but Malzahn said they’re getting Truitt and Kameron Martin ready to go.
“Just to give us a little more depth at that position,” Malzahn said of the move of Truitt to running back. “We've kind of been evolving, going that way, already.
“It's real unfortunate with Malik. Malik was playing really good football and he made some really good runs, too. Stanton, him and Kamryn Martin will fill some of that role.”
Another possibility for the Tigers is H-Back Chandler Cox. Seeing some time in the spring and preseason carrying the ball, Cox is someone the Tigers could turn to as well said Malzahn but right now they're hoping to keep him in his role as a blocker.
“That’s the best-case scenario, to not have to play two positions," Malzahn said. "They’re completely different. But like we said in the offseason, to give us enough depth at the tailback position, he’s a very good runner, too, but we’re starting to settle in with kind of who we are now. But he’s got the ability.”