Iron Bowl Matchup: Alabama’s Reuben Foster vs. Auburn’s Kerryon Johnson

To help prepare for Saturday’s 81st annual Iron Bowl, BamaHammer.com will spotlight a critical Iron Bowl Matchup each day. Today’s matchup is Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster vs. Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.

To help prepare for Saturday’s 81st annual Iron Bowl, BamaHammer.com will spotlight a critical Iron Bowl Matchup each day. Today’s matchup is Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster vs. Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson.

The signal-caller of the Crimson Tide linebacking corps, Foster has put together an impressive senior campaign, helping to lead one of the nation’s top-ranked defenses. He has collected a team-high 75 tackles while adding 9.0 tackles for loss (-39 yards) and two sacks (-18 yards).

The Auburn, Ala., senior has totaled three quarterback hurries and a pair of pass breakups for the season. He is a Butkus Award finalist.

Johnson is the presumptive starter for Auburn, as Kamryn Pettway has missed the past two games with a leg injury. In 10 games this season, Johnson has 842 rushing yards and a team-high 11 touchdowns on 165 carries. The sophomore out of Madison, Ala., has also caught 16 passes out of the backfield for 120 yards.

Kam Martin could also be a factor for the Tigers, as he rushed for 176 yards in the second half of Auburn’s blowout win over Alabama A&M.

Auburn leads the SEC in team rushing yards, gaining 297.8 yards per game on the ground. Alabama’s rush defense is the best in the country, allowing only 68.9 yards per game (No. 2 Houston allows 93.5 yards per game).

The Crimson Tide and Tigers will meet for the 81st time in series history, with Alabama owning the all-time advantage, 44-35-1. Most recently, the Tide claimed a 29-13 victory in Auburn to clinch the SEC Western Division title and close out the 2015 regular season schedule.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban is 8-6 in his career against Auburn, including a 6-3 overall mark while with the Crimson Tide and a 3-1 record at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

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