ATHENS, Ga. — We’re less than an hour from kickoff between No. 9 Auburn and rival Georgia from Sanford Stadium, and there’s already some major news involving Tigers star running back Kamryn Pettway.
Here are the biggest observations from Athens as we count down closer to the latest edition of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry.
Kamryn Pettway isn’t dressed out
Auburn sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway hasn’t officially been ruled out for this afternoon, but he is dressed in street clothes during pregame warmups:
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Pettway walked with a noticeable limp at Tiger Walk. It isn’t surprising at all to see Auburn bench him and try to get his quad injury healed in time for the Iron Bowl. Pettway was at practice this week, but head coach Gus Malzahn said Thursday night he hadn’t actually practiced since suffering the injury late last week against Vanderbilt.
If Pettway isn’t able to go, Auburn is confident in sophomore running back Kerryon Johnson, who is getting closer to full health after his ankle injury last month against Mississippi State. Georgia native Stanton Truitt will most likely spell Johnson as the backup running back.
Starting H-back Chandler Cox also worked some at running back during pregame drills. He practiced there for most of fall camp but hasn’t had a carry since the first month of the season.
Sean White, Tre’ Williams update
Auburn starting quarterback Sean White “isn’t 100 percent,” but he threw in pregame warmups without a noticeable hitch. He will start Saturday against Georgia after missing the first half of last week’s game against Vanderbilt with an apparent shoulder injury.
Junior linebacker Tre’ Williams is fully going through warmups as well. He missed the entire Vanderbilt game with an ankle injury, but he was expected to return Saturday. Together with sophomore Deshaun Davis — who sat out almost the entire Vanderbilt game with a targeting ejection — Auburn is back at full strength at linebacker.
Tray Matthews is hyped
The former Georgia safety, who played a role in the “Prayer at Jordan-Hare” win for Auburn in 2013, was clearly the most amped-up player on the field for warmups. He was bouncing around with Josh Holsey, another Georgia native in the secondary.
Matthews didn’t get a chance to play the Bulldogs last season — his first one for the Tigers — due to injury. The Newnan, Ga., native has played some of his most consistent ball all season in the last few weeks. The Tigers will need him to play with that energy but stay under control against his former team Saturday.