AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn said he would know more about the status of his starting running back after a Tuesday practice. That added information was positive, but he still doesn’t have a definitive answer.
Malzahn said Wednesday in the SEC coaches teleconference that starting running back Kerryon Johnson went through all of Auburn’s practice Tuesday evening. The sophomore will continue to be evaluated heading into the Tigers’ upcoming matchup against No. 17 Arkansas (6 p.m. ET on ESPN).
“He practiced the whole time,” Malzahn said. “He was better than he was on Sunday. We’ll just have to keep checking to see his progress up until Saturday.”
Johnson, who leads Auburn in rushing attempts (105), yards (538) and touchdowns (6), left in the first quarter of Auburn’s recent 38-14 victory against Mississippi State with an ankle injury. After sitting out during the bye week, Johnson returned to practice Sunday evening.
The Auburn coaching staff has been “very optimistic” about Johnson’s status for the Arkansas game since he went down with the injury in Starkville.