Peyton Barber expected to play against Texas A&M

Published Nov. 3, 2015 6:45 p.m. EST

Auburn struggled to generate much offense in the second half against Ole Miss with its leading rusher Peyton Barber sidelined with by an injury. Of Barber's eight carries, only one of them was in the second half of the game. 

After carrying the ball at least 26 times - with a high of 37 carries against Arkansas - in the previous four games, Barber may be wearing down in his first season as the team's lead back. Despite the limited role against the Rebels, Gus Malzahn expects Barber to play against Texas A&M. 

"We expect him to play this week," Malzahn said Tuesday. "There was some questions going into the game (against Ole Miss), didn't practice a lot and all that."

In his first season as the lead back, Barber has been Malzahn's latest find at running back. The sophomore running back has 787 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns after eight games. While he may lack the game-breaking talents of previous Tiger backs, Barber has proven to be the team's best option this season.