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.
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.
“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.”
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