AUBURN, Ala. — Chip Lindsey won’t hesitate when he has the chance to use Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson in the same game.
It’s something the offensive coordinator’s often thought about as both Auburn running backs have fought to stay healthy eight games into the 2017 season.
“I’m looking forward to getting them both healthy and both of them back together,” Lindsey said. “We got a little glimpse of that the other night. Hopefully we’ll finish the season that way.”
The Tigers literally ran all over Arkansas in Fayetteville, amassing 345 yards from the likes of Pettway, Johnson, Eli Stove, Malik Miller, Devan Barrett and Kam Martin. Quarterbacks Jarrett Stidham and Malik Willis assisted, as well. It was the highest single-game total since Auburn ran for 351 in a 41-7 Week 1 victory against Georgia Southern.
The bulk of the load was handled by Johnson, who racked up 63 yards on 21 carries, and Pettway, who finished with 90 yards on 11 carries.
How Lindsey has used his backfield has been determined by several factors so far this year, but really it’s simple.
“Yeah, we’re just playing the best guys at the best time,” Lindsey said. “We finally got, we think we’ve got them both back so that’ll be good. I don’t think Pettway’s probably, he’s close to 100 percent, I would say, but sometimes it’s hot hand, sometimes it’s how much they’ve rested. Just trying to put the best guys on the field that will give us the best chance to win.”
Martin, Miller and Barrett have a combined 72 carries. Lindsey can’t say the opportunities will increase for the trio in the coming weeks as Auburn braces for the toughest part of its schedule.
Right now he’s pleased with Pettway’s fresh legs and the prospect of having his dynamic duo back to full speed.
“He and Kerryon I think are two of the better backs in our league and maybe in the country, and when you have them both together I think that’s important,” Lindsey said. “That can only help us as we make this stretch run for sure.”