Madison, Ala. (WHNT) Malik Miller has big shoes to fill in the Madison Academy backfield. Kerryon Johnson will go down as one of the school's greatest athletes, but now finds himself battling for playing time at Auburn.
Gus Malzahn has repeatedly praised Johnson's ability on the field, but it's hard for anyone to see playing time as a true freshman in the SEC. We will come to learn Malzahn's plan for Johnson as the season progresses, but his former teammate Malik Miller is making predictions. An Auburn commit himself, Miller speaks with Gus Malzahn and his staff regularly. The conversations range in topics but last week Miller asked Malzahn how his friend was doing at camp.
Miller says Malzahn is impressed with the rate at which Johnson is picking up the Auburn offense. A complicated system of motion and deception which can not be learned easily overnight. While that conversation speaks volumes about Johnson's chances in the back field, Miller expects big things at multiple positions.
"I see him on special teams, definitely making a huge impact there," Miller said before practice this week.
"I think he will get a few snaps at running back as a true traditional tailback. I think he'll get more snaps as like a slot receiver, Ricardo Louis or Corey Grant type guy, but definitely see him getting a lot of playing time."
The plan goes from speculation to reality September 5th in Atlanta against Louisville.