Despite having the SEC's leading rusher in its backfield over the past two seasons, Auburn knows no shortage of drama in the running back department.
Junior tailback Kamryn Pettway did not make the trip to the 50th Peach Bowl, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday afternoon.
"He's staying back with his family," Malzahn said.
Pettway was ruled out for the bowl game vs. UCF weeks ago, after a three-touchdown performance against Arkansas proved to be bitter sweet. The Montgomery, Alabama native suffered a fractured shoulder blade late against the Razorbacks, and hasn't seen the field since.
Feature back Kerryon Johnson took over the starting role for Pettway this season, leading the conference in rushing with 1320 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground.
After sitting out the season opener against Georgia Southern due to suspension, Pettway racked up 76 carries for 305 yards and six scores in five games played.
While Johnson and Pettway's futures on The Plains are speculated on, Auburn still boasts the young trio of Malik Miller, Kam Martin and Devan Barrett in the backfield returning next season. Four-star running back Asa Martin out of Decatur, Alabama has committed to the Tigers as well.