AAC running back and All-American return man transfers to Auburn

Auburn has found its running back to complement Jarquez Hunter.

Former USF running back Brian Battie announced on Twitter Monday that he is transferring to Auburn to play for coach Hugh Freeze and staff. Battie is the second AAC player that the Tigers picked up on Monday, with Battie’s announcement coming shortly after Auburn acquired Cincinnati wideout Nick Mardner.

Battie’s resume speaks for itself. He had a stellar year in 2022, rushing for 1,186 yards for an average of 6.7 yards per carry and eight touchdowns on the year. He was also vaunted as a returner, being named as a consensus All-American for his efforts in 2021 where he ran back three kicks for touchdowns — Battie returned 33 kicks for 659 yards in 2022.

Battie will team up with current Auburn running back Jarquez Hunter, who ran for 675 yards and 6.5 yards per carry for seven touchdowns in 2022. The two together create what should be a talented running back corps for Hugh Freeze’s first year as head coach in 2023.

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Story originally appeared on Auburn Wire