The Auburn Tigers have a lot of decisions to make on offense before the start of the 2016 season. With the release of Javon Robinson the Tigers find themselves with no backfield and no experienced options for that position.
Kerryon Johnson had 52 carries last year is the only back with experience in a college game much less the SEC. Kameron Martin is a speedy and talented played coming over to the plains following the Baylor fallout this year. But he’s never touched the ball in a college game. And of course there is freshman Malik Miller who Auburn probably planned on red shirting this year. But now he could very well see some time on the field.
Finally there is halfback Kamryn Pettway who did spend about 25 of his spring practice time lining up in the backfield. He could be a potential bruiser always good for 3 or 4 yards at a time. But that remains to be seen.
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The only running back on Auburn’s roster who recorded a carry last season is Kerryon Johnson, a sophomore who played multiple roles as an offensive reserve and missed all of spring practices following shoulder surgery. Johnson, who is listed by Auburn at 6’0″ and 211 pounds, wasn’t an every-down running back in high school at Madison Academy in Alabama. But he’s now set to be one at Auburn, and Malzahn said he’s ready to make the transition. “He’s a guy that we’ve recruited to be a marquee back,” Malzahn said. “He’s got a great opportunity now. He’s in a good spot. … We recruited him expecting him to be a feature back. We’re very confident he can do that.” – Bleacher Report
The Auburn Tigers have dismissed running back Jovon Robinson from the team. Per John Zenor of the Associated Press, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn did not specify why Robinson was dismissed, only saying Robinson “did not meet [his] standards or expectations of what it takes to be an Auburn Tiger football player.” Malzahn did go on to say that the Tigers will have “zero distractions on this team this year.” Four Auburn football players were arrested in May for possession of marijuana, although Robinson was not one of them. – Bleacher Report