AUBURN, Ala. — Two days after taking over the SEC’s top spot in rushing yards with yet another career performance, Auburn running back Kamryn Pettway is getting his first taste of conference recognition.
For Auburn kicker Daniel Carlson, it’s a familiar flavor.
The SEC named Pettway its offensive player of the week and Carlson its special teams player of the week Monday following Auburn’s 40-29 win at Ole Miss.
Pettway put up a 30-carry, 236-yard performance against Ole Miss on Saturday. The sophomore has now set career-highs for rushing in three straight weeks. The streak started with a 38-14 win over Mississippi State in which he touched the ball a whopping 39 times for 169 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Pettway leads the SEC in total rushing yards with 933 heading into Week 10. The Montgomery, Ala., native generated those rushing yards in just six games. He didn’t record a carry for Auburn in the season opener against Clemson or the blowout win over Louisiana-Monroe.
“It means a lot to me knowing that (I lead the SEC), I mean a lot of people doubted me,” Pettway said. “Some people thought just because I’m so big I wasn’t going to be able to do too much.”
Auburn’s top running back is averaging 133.29 yards per game, which is 26.41 yards more than the league’s No. 2 rusher by average — Vanderbilt’s Ralph Webb. Auburn will face Webb and the Commodores this Saturday at noon ET on ESPN.
Carlson went 4-for-4 on field goals against Ole Miss, including two clutch ones in the fourth quarter. The junior from Colorado currently ranks fourth nationally in field goals made and field goal percentage.
“Daniel Carlson is the best kicker in college football,” Malzahn said Saturday.
Carlson previously won the SEC’s special teams player of the week award for hitting six field goals in Auburn’s 18-13 win over LSU.