AUBURN, Ala. – When you talk about Auburn Football, Kerryon Johnson is a popular topic. Johnson has become one of the nations top college running backs throughout the 2017-2018 season. He was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year for 2017, and posted 1,391 rushing yards along with 20 touchdowns for the Tigers.

Johnson has decided to forego his senior season and begin preparation for the NFL draft. He announced his decision via social media on Tuesday.

Johnson was a nationally ranked recruit in the class of 2015 from Madison Academy in Huntsville, Alabama. Throughout his three seasons at Auburn, Johnson would go on to post 2,494 rushing yards and 34 touchdowns for the tigers and would lead them to the 2017 SEC Championship game in Atlanta. Although Auburn is losing arguably the most dominant offensive player in the last decade, Head Coach Gus Malzahn wishes Johnson nothing but the best for his NFL career and thanks him for all he has done at Auburn University.

“I would like to thank KJ for all he has done for our program over the last three years. Kerryon has made this team better both on and off the field with his great character, competitiveness and leadership,” said Malzahn. “He will be very successful at the next level and more importantly in life. We wish KJ nothing but the best.”

The 2018 NFL draft will be held April 24-26 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

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