The consistently talented Auburn backfield will be down its top two rushers next season.
A day after 2017 SEC leading rusher Kerryon Johnson announced his intent to go pro, junior tailback Kamryn Pettway has made a similar announcement.
"It had always been my dream to play big time college football," Pettway wrote Wednesday on Instagram. "After taking the time to think about the future and what's best for my family, it's now time for me to fulfill another dream in playing in the NFL. I'm humbled and excited for this opportunity for my family."
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.
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 hadn't seen the field since.
The junior did not make the trip to the Peach Bowl with the team. Gus Malzahn said in Atlanta that Pettway was allowed to "stay back with his family."
After Johnson, Pettway and All-American corner Carlton Davis have declared for the draft, Auburn will await the decisions of buck linebacker Jeff Holland and quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
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