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Auburn running back may be out for season opener

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Auburn may be without one of its running backs in its season opener.

Coach Gus Malzahn told reporters Saturday after the Tigers’ scrimmage that freshman running back JaTarvious Whitlow may be out for their first game of the season after sustaining an ankle injury this week.

Auburn hosts Georgia Southern in its opener on Sept. 2.

“ … he’s the only guy that might have a chance at not being ready for the first game,” Malzahn said. “Everybody else will be ready for the first game.”

Whitlow, a former three-star prospect from LaFayette, Alabama, signed with Auburn as a wide receiver but moved to running back earlier this summer to help provide depth at the position. He enrolled at the school in late May.

As a prospect, the 6-foot, 216-pound Whitlow was listed by recruiting services as an athlete. He played quarterback in high school.

Whitlow likely is sixth on Auburn’s running back depth chart behind Kamryn Pettway, Kerryon Johnson, Malik Miller, Kam Martin and Devan Barrett, though he could contribute on special teams in 2017.

Auburn’s scrimmage Saturday was its second of fall camp.

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