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Will Kerryon Johnson, Gus Malzahn and Kevin Steele be back at Auburn next season?

Auburn Kerryon Johnson
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ATLANTA – Gus Malzahn’s potential departure to Arkansas will be a major topic of conversation for the next week or so, but Malzahn is not the only Auburn man who might leave this offseason.

RB Kerryon Johnson

Johnson, a junior, has been at the forefront of discussions among several draft reporters and analysts over the past few weeks. Many have him as a late first-round selection in the 2018 NFL draft.

Johnson was asked about returning to Auburn next season. His answer was short and to the point: “I think so. I think so.”

Coach Gus Malzahn

Malzahn was asked about the likelihood of returning to Auburn for next season.

“I’m happy here at Auburn,” he said. “We’ve got great players. I love my players. Like I said, we work extremely hard to get here to this point. We’ve got a very good foundation built. I think the best is yet to come.”

He was pushed and asked whether he would be the coach at Auburn next season. “I want to be,” he said.

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Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele

Malzahn is not the only coach on Auburn’s staff who has been linked to another school. Steele has emerged as a potential candidate at Tennessee, which is his alma mater; he also has been an assistant at UF.

He was asked about it after Auburn’s loss.

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“I was on the team there. Not a very good player but I was on the team,” he said. “I got a degree from there and I do love my school, but other than that, I haven’t been told anything, so I’m just working for Auburn and proud to be doing it.”

He was asked a follow-up question and answered, “I’ve got a pretty good job. I’ve got a pretty good job.”

(You can follow Zac Blackerby on Twitter @Zblackerby)

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