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Georgia defensive back Aaron Davis tackles Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson during the first half of a regular-season win against the Bulldogs. The teams played again Saturday for the SEC Championship. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

The biggest question facing Auburn entering the Southeastern Conference championship game was the health of tailback Kerryon Johnson.

He got the start, but not nearly the workload he's accustomed to in the first half.

Johnson injured his right shoulder last week against Alabama. The SEC's leading rusher carried eight times for 21 yards in the first half with Georgia leading 10-7. Johnson also gained just 1 yard on two catches.

Johnson had a huge game in the first meeting, rushing for 167 yards and catching a 55-yard touchdown pass. 

The Tigers are already without last year's top runner, Kamryn Pettway, who has missed the past four games with a fractured shoulder blade. 

Kam Martin, receiver Eli Stove and Malik Miller all had multiple carries in the half, as did quarterback Jarrett Stidham.

 

 

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