AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn’s Kamryn Pettway has been dealing with a bruised quad this week, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Wednesday night.
“Yeah, it’s nothing major,” Lashlee said. “He’s been out there in pads both days. We’re just taking it day-to-day right now.”
At his weekly press conference on Tuesday, head coach Gus Malzahn said the sophomore running back was “a little banged up” in the first half of the LSU game, but did not provide details of any injuries Pettway had sustained.
While minor, the aggravation was enough that the coaching staff played Kerryon Johnson for the majority of the second half in Auburn’s second conference game. Johnson finished with 93 yards (22 carries) and Pettway recorded 61 yards (17 carries).
The 6-foot, 240 pound Pettway is the more hulking rusher in Auburn’s backfield. Through the first four games, the sophomore has carried the ball 52 times and amassed 336 rushing yards.
Pettway scored his first career touchdown in the first quarter of Auburn’s SEC opener against Texas A&M, and also surpassed the 100-yard mark for the second time. He’s been a key piece of Auburn’s backfield combination.
“It’s huge. To have a downhill, physical guy. When he gets to the second level, people don’t want to get near him. They’re going low,” Lashlee said.