AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn quarterback Sean White will start against Rival Georgia on Saturday, but the status of the Tigers’ top running back Kamryn Pettway remains unclear.
At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, Malzahn said Pettway suffered a leg injury in Auburn’s win over Vanderbilt.
“We’re hoping to get him (Pettway) on the practice field today or tomorrow,” Malzahn said. “He’s done well…He’s a quick healer.”
Following Auburn’s win over Vanderbilt last Saturday, the head coach said Pettway “pulled something.”
Pettway rushed for over 150 yards for the fourth-straight game, but appeared to have suffered the injury on his last and longest run of the day (60 yards). The team’s leading rusher hobbled off of the field and was immediately examined by Auburn medical personnel.
Backup quarterback John Franklin III started the matchup against the Commodores in place of White, who had reportedly been dealing with a shoulder injury.
The sophomore started the second half and led Auburn to a 23-16 win over Vanderbilt, finishing the game with 106 yards (1 TD).
Pettway has been huge for the Tigers this season as they’ve won their last six games. He has 173 carries for 1,106 yards and 7 touchdowns. He’s averaging 6.4 yards per carry and 138.2 yards per game. He is fourth in the country in rushing yards per game. Only two other backs in the SEC — Rawleigh Williams III (Arkansas) and Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt) — are averaging at least 100 yards per game on the ground.
Auburn has the nation’s No. 3 rushing offense. The Tigers average 299.8 yards per game rushing.
White is one of the nation’s most efficient passers. He’s first in the SEC and 12th in the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 159.8. He’s completing 69.1 percent of his throws for 1,617 yards, 9 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. His completion percentage is seventh nationally. White has been decent running the ball when asked to as well. He’s run for 145 yards and two touchdowns.