As Vanderbilt comes off its bye week, it knows it has a tall task ahead with a game against Auburn Saturday. The Commodores have already pulled off one SEC upset a few weeks ago against Georgia, and they were in a close game with Florida earlier this season. In order to duplicate that success, they’ll have to deal with Auburn sophomore running back Kamryn Pettway.
“He’s got great foot speed and extremely good vision for a man his size,” Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason said. “For a big man, he has patience in the hole. He hits it hard and can run downhill. He can run away from you, and he runs through arm tackles.”
Pettway leads the SEC in rushing yards and is closing in on 1,000 for the season. He is also tied for the third most rushing touchdowns in the league with seven.
The Commodores have been giving up 157 rushing yards per game this season and will look to continue the strong performances against the run of late. They held Georgia to 75 yards and Tennessee State to 125 yards.
“I think what he’s shown is strong dimensions as a one-back runner, who plays in a two-back system,” Mason said of Pettway. “With that being said, he’s fully capable of going of on anybody, and he’s shown it.”