Auburn's Kerryon Johnson declares for 2018 NFL Draft
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Kerryon Johnson is turning pro.

The Auburn running back announced Tuesday that he has decided to forgo his senior season and enter the 2018 NFL Draft. The decision comes just a day after the Tigers were defeated 34-27 by UCF in Monday's Peach Bowl.

"I would like to thank KJ for all he has done for our program over the last three years," Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said in an official statement. "Kerryon has made this team better both on and off the field with his great character, competitiveness and leadership. He will be very successful at the next level and more importantly in life. We wish KJ nothing but the best."

Johnson led Auburn in rushing this season with 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns on 285 carries, while also chipping in with 194 receiving yards and a pair of touchdown catches. Over the course of his collegiate career, Johnson rushed for 2,494 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Auburn's Kerryon Johnson declares for 2018 NFL Draft
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