Tuesday came and went without the return of Auburn wide receiver Kyle Davis to the practice field.
During Gus Malzahn’s brief session with reporters for Auburn’s pro day on March 10, Auburn’s coach said he expected Davis back after spring break.
Malzahn modified that timeline after Tuesday’s practice.
“It’s taking longer than we thought,” Malzahn said of the personal issues keeping Davis away from the team.
Malzahn said Davis would likely miss the rest of spring camp. He still hasn’t revealed any details about Davis absence since announced the receiver would be away from the team on Feb. 28.
“He should be back in the next week or two. He’s a part of the team. He’s taking care of some personal business.”
Davis was part of the promising group of highly-rated receivers Auburn signed in 2016 (Eli Stove, Marquis McClain, Nate Craig-Myers). He was sidelined for much of the preseason after enrolling early next year, but still ended up finishing third on the team in receiving with 248 yards and two touchdowns.
“One thing he does most of the time is catch the football and that’s always the number one trait of a receiver,” former Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “That’s why we’ve got confidence to keep putting him out there.”
Without Davis and injured receiver Darius Slayton, Auburn has tried various combinations on the outside.
“It’s given some opportunity for other guys to get a lot of work, that’s for sure,” Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey said.
Lindsey acknowledged receiver is one of the areas the team has to make some quick improvements.
“It’s a good group as a whole,” Lindsey said. “Obviously we have some things to improve on and that young group played in the SEC early last year so they grew up fast. At the same time I think this is a big spring for them and their development.”