Kamryn Pettway (above) will be a redshirt junior this season.
Auburn, Ala.--Inheriting a group featuring players with different sizes and styles, Auburn's new offensive coordinator, Chip Lindsey, will have plenty of options at the running back position for spring training.
Leading the returnees is 6-0, 240-pound sophomore Kamryn Pettway, who began the 2016 season as a backup with no college rushes and finished it as a first team All-SEC selection.
Pettway, a Doak Walker Award semi-finalist, rushed for more than 100 yards in seven games despite missing three contests due to injury. He led the SEC with an average of 122.4 rushing yards per contest while averaging 5.9 yards per carry and scoring seven rushing touchdowns.
Pettway, who caught two passes for 14 yards, gained 1,224 yards on 209 carries for Coach Tim Horton, who will continue to be in charge of the running backs this year in addition to being named special teams coordinator.
Also back is 6-0, 210 junior is Kerryon Johnson, who finished second on the team in rushing with 895 yards. He averaged 4.9 yards per carry and scored 11 rushing touchdowns.
Johnson caught 17 passes for 125 yards and completed all three of his passes for 11 yards and one touchdown.
Kam Martin will be a sophomore this season.
Kam Martin carried the ball 44 times last season as a freshman. The 5-9, 185-pounder netted 320 yards and averaged 7.3 yards per rush with three touchdowns. He added 52 yards on a pair of pass receptions.
Another newcomer in 2016, 5-11, 229 Malik Miller, will be back as a redshirt freshman after being shut down early in the season due to an injury. He carried the ball 16 times for 59 yards and one score.
More depth should come from C.J. Tolbert, a walk-on from Dadeville High, who performed well in spring training last year after transferring from Harding University in Arkansas where he played quarterback. At 5-7, 195 he was a three-sport star in high school.
When preseason practices get started this summer the Tigers are expected to have two more running backs in the mix, signees Devan Barrett from Catholic High in Tampa, Fla., and Alaric Williams from Southside High in Gadsden.