Walk-on wide receiver Jay Wisner left the Auburn football team early last week for personal reasons, head coach Gene Chizik said Sunday.
Wisner, who was behind Darvin Adams on the depth chart at an outside receiver spot, didn’t have a reception this year but established himself as an effective blocker.
He threw a block on the perimeter that cleared the way for Emory Blake to score on a screen pass against South Carolina two weeks ago.
The parting of ways sounded amicable.
“He is a great young man and he has done everything we’ve asked him to do,” Chizik said. “And we’re going to try to help him in any way, and we wish him well.”
The senior from Bozeman, Mont., informed the coaches of his decision Monday or Tuesday last week. He’s no longer enrolled in school.
He appeared in 17 games in his Auburn career and made three catches for 56 yards.
Chizik expects a variety of young receivers to step into his role. He mentioned DeAngelo Benton, Antonio Goodwin, Travante Stallworth and Shaun Kitchens specifically.
Only two of those players have receptions this year. Benton, who missed most of August with a broken hand, has one catch for 15 yards. Kitchens, a true freshman who also plays an H-back role, has one catch for negative-3 yards.
After being Auburn’s primary ballcarrier the first four weeks, quarterback Cam Newton was delighted not to have to fill that role against Louisiana-Monroe.
The junior didn’t have a designed run all afternoon. His only carry was a sack that lost 11 yards. Although he lost the SEC lead in rushing, he felt refreshed Sunday morning.
“I felt great,” he said. “The game spoke for itself. I really didn’t take too many shots and I think that goes to the game plan that was put in place.”
A mental game
Defensive end Antoine Carter found out last Thursday he would have Saturday off. The senior dressed out but didn’t play.
“It wasn’t chillin’,” he said. “Just making sure my backup was doing the right thing. Just watching the young guys, coaching them up a little bit. It’s a mental game.”
Carter has five tackles for a loss, three sacks and 12 quarterback hurries this year, but he got nicked up through the first few weeks, which is why coaches gave him the afternoon off.
“Just a minor setback for a major comeback,” Carter said, not giving specifics of his injury. “Just sitting out that game so I can be all right for the rest of the season.”
Back in the flow
Linebacker Craig Stevens practiced throughout his two-game suspension to start the season, but he didn’t get as many reps as before. It was almost as if he was a freshman again.
“Something like that,” he said. “An older freshman.”
Stevens, a preseason second-team All-SEC pick, thinks he’s shaken of the rust since Chizik sat him down for two games for undisclosed reasons.After struggling in his first action back against Clemson, the senior has had two decent games, getting in on eight tackles.
“I have my legs back under me,” he said. “The first game, I felt like I was thrown into the fire. My legs were dead. It took a while to get back into the flow of things. I feel like I’m back now.”
Extra pointsThe Auburn-Kentucky game will be televised by ESPN2. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. ET. ... Linebacker Josh Bynes didn’t know where Auburn was ranked. When told the Tigers were eighth, he quickly shot back, “I don’t even care. There ain’t nothing to it.” ... Defensive coordinator Ted Roof, on freshman linebacker Jake Holland finishing with three tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery in his first action. “He looked like he belonged.”