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Auburn football: Kerryon Johnson to enter 2018 NFL draft

January 3, 2018 GMT

AUBURN — The Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year has played his final game in an Auburn uniform.

Kerryon Johnson announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he’ll be forgoing his final year of eligibility in order to enter the 2018 NFL draft. The Auburn tailback Johnson led the league with 1,391 rushing yards and led Auburn with 18 rushing touchdowns as the Tigers finished the 2017 season with a Western Division championship and the program’s first berth in the SEC Championship Game since 2013.

“There aren’t enough words to express how grateful I am of the opportunity Auburn University has given me,” Johnson wrote in his declaration message on Twitter. “This is truly an amazing school with an amazing fan base. With that being said… I have decided to enter the NFL draft. Thank you all for the endless support that has not always been deserved. I love Auburn and the Auburn family. War Eagle!”

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Johnson, who was named the SEC Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the league’s coaches, had 71 yards on 22 carries with a touchdown in Auburn’s disappointing 34-27 loss to UCF Monday in the Peach Bowl.

“Kerryon has made this team better both on and off the field with his character, competitiveness and leadership,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in a submitted statement Tuesday night.

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