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Auburn WR Quan Bray steps up in D'haquille Williams’ absence against Texas A&M

AUBURN, Ala. — Despite losing its top receiver in the first half to a knee injury, Auburn’s passing game did not miss a beat last Saturday.

One of the key players to step up in D'haquille Williams’ absence was senior Quan Bray, who caught a 31-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it a one-possession game.

“Quan has come on as that other third guy, even on some deep balls now and in intermediate (passes),” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “He's a senior, he's a veteran guy and he's great with the ball after he catches it. That's a huge strength of his. So it's been really good to have him come on and be another weapon for us.”

Bray led Auburn’s wideouts with six catches for 65 yards against Texas A&M, which was his best receiving performance since his 91-yard, two touchdown game against San Jose State in September.

With Williams’ injury status still unknown at this time, Lashlee said Bray and his fellow veterans will continue to be focal points in the offense.

“We've got a lot of experience guys with Quan Bray, C.J. (Uzomah), Melvin (Ray), Ricardo (Louis), Marcus (Davis),” Lashlee said. “They just have to step up and make plays. And some of them did the other night, which was really big.”