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Auburn RB Kerryon Johnson Declares For NFL Draft

Kerryon Johnson runs up the sideline for Auburn.

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 19: Running back Kerryon Johnson #21 of the Auburn Tigers runs the ball by defensive back Devonte Simon #12 of the Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 19, 2016 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images)

After a very strong junior season, Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson is heading to the NFL Draft.

After Auburn's Peach Bowl loss to UCF, Kerryon Johnson said that he did not have a timetable for his decision whether or not to enter the NFL Draft.

One day later, that decision was made.

The Hunstville, Alabama native is off to the pros, after rushing for 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns in 12 games for the Tigers.

Johnson's full note in the tweet:

"There aren't enough words to express how grateful I am of the opportunity Auburn University has given me. This is truly an amazing school with an amazing fan base. With that being said... I have decided to enter the NFL Draft. Thank you all for the endless support that has not always been deserved. I love Auburn and the Auburn Family. War Eagle!"

Head coach Gus Malzahn also put out a statement about Johnson's decision.

"I would like to thank KJ for all he has done for our program over the last three years. 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's season was made even more impressive by the fact that he spent a large chunk of the season battling injuries. He missed the Tigers' early-season games against Clemson and Mercer, went down during the Iron Bowl against Alabama (though not before carrying the ball 30 times for 105 yards and a score) and was hampered in the SEC title game loss to Georgia (13 carries, 44 yards). The Associated Press named him as the SEC offensive player of the year after the regular season.