Auburn star running back Kerryon Johnson leaving early to enter 2018 NFL Draft

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Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson (21) carries the ball as Alabama A&M defensive back Dylan Hamilton (27) tries to tackle him during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

Auburn star running back and 2017 SEC Player of the Year Kerryon Johnson confirmed via Twitter Tuesday afternoon his decision to leave Auburn early for the 2018 NFL Draft.

Johnson wrote,

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!

The 20-year-old Huntsville native finished out the 2017 season with 18 touchdowns and nearly 1400 yards.

Auburn Football's head coach Gus Malzahn responded to Johnson's announcement in a statement on Twitter:

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.