The Auburn Tigers will receive a big boost for the conference matchup against the Ole Miss Rebels. Running back Kerryon Johnson, who has missed time due to an ankle injury, has been cleared to play in this Saturday’s game.
Gus Malzahn confirmed his status Wednesday during his appearance on the SEC Teleconference.
“He practiced yesterday and he’s really close (to 100 percent). He will play this Saturday. There’s no doubt about that. He’s close. We’re trying to be smart about it. Last week was really good, him not having to play.”
Johnson dressed but did not play in Auburn’s victory over Arkansas last week. They had a bye the week before that and he left their game against Mississippi State in the first quarter after sustaining the injury.
Johnson rolled his ankle during the Tigers 38-14 victory against Bulldogs.
Johnson was off to a fast start this season before his injury. He was averaging over 5 yards per carry and had already notched 6 rushing touchdowns. His return against Ole Miss could provide a chance to find success despite his injury; the Rebels are currently ranked 94th in the country against the run.