Auburn, Ala.--Already showing what he was capable of early this season when he ran for 152 yards against Arkansas State and 123 against Texas A&M, sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway got his first best test last Saturday and passed with flying colors.
With starter Kerryon Johnson injuring an ankle early against Mississippi State, the Auburn Tigers turned to Pettway to get the job done and the Prattville product more than took care of things. Carrying the ball 39 times, the most since Tre Mason’s 46 against Missouri in the SEC Championship Game, Pettway ran for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 38-14 victory for the Tigers.
“I’ll tell you, he didn’t get tired,” Coach Gus Malzahn said. “I think we could have given it to him more without a problem. It’s just impressive, the physicality that he brought.”
That physicality isn’t anything new for Pettway’s teammates, who have been watching him bring those things to the table since he arrived on campus. Quarterback Sean White said that attitude and the way he finishes off runs is something really important for the offense moving forward this season.
“He’s a beast of a running back and he can really run the ball well,” White said. “He’s a tough runner. He’s going to get the tough yards even though it might not look pretty sometimes. He’s been a real good asset for us.”
Nobody on the Auburn team or coaching staff knows more about Pettway than offensive lineman Austin Golson. Teammates at Prattville and playing together since then except for Golson’s one year at Ole Miss, the tackle turned center said nothing about what the running back has done this season has surprised him in the least.
“He’s a beast, that’s all there is to it,” Golson said. “He breaks tackles, hits the right holes, does everything he’s asked. He’s just a tough guy.”