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With Johnson and Pettway gone, who will Auburn turn to at running back in 2018?

AUBURN, Ala. – With the early departures of Kerryon Johnson and Kam Pettway to the NFL, it’s logical to wonder about Auburn’s running backs going into 2018. Tigers fans should not panic.

A simple response to replacing Johnson and Pettway would be for coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey to use multiple backs in a rotation. Given Malzahn’s history, though, it is clear that committee backfields are not something fans will see on the Plains. And given Malzahn’s history, running back is the position that should be questioned the least. He has struggled to find receivers and he has had tough times with quarterbacks.