Brad Nessler made his selection for the SEC’s best player.
The SEC on CBS play-by-play announcer spoke to SEC Country, and he named Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson as the conference’s top player this season. On Saturday, Nessler will call the Tigers’ rematch against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. The winner advances to the College Football Playoff.
“Kerryon Johnson is my MVP, whether he played this week [in the SEC title game] or not,” Nessler said. “I just think he makes that whole thing go: the amount of carries he has had, playing hurt, playing in the wildcat, scoring as many touchdowns as he had both as a receiver and a runner.
“I think he’s the guts of that team.”
Johnson has produced a stellar season for Auburn. He has 1,276 yards and 17 touchdowns on 250 carries this year. He also has 21 catches for 187 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Johnson, a junior, has at least 100 yards rushing in seven of Auburn’s past eight games. Earlier this week, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn said Johnson is “day-to-day” with a shoulder injury sustained in the victory against Alabama last Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
It would help Auburn’s cause if the injury doesn’t affect Johnson’s ability to produce against Georgia. He had 32 carries for 167 yards in the Tigers’ victory against the Bulldogs on Nov. 11.
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