AUBURN, Ala. — When asked point-blank whether junior receiver D'haquille Williams practiced Sunday night, Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee avoided giving a direct answer.
But he gave a slight update, noting Williams' recovery is on schedule after suffering a knee injury during Auburn's game against Texas A&M on Nov. 8.
"Duke’s coming along nicely," Lashlee said. "We’ll just have to kind of keep taking it day-to-day."
Williams didn't travel with the team Friday, when it departed for a trip to take on Georgia. His absence was noticeable. The longest completion the Tigers had Saturday night was 25 yards, a season-low. The Tigers also failed to toss a touchdown pass, the first time that has occurred this fall.
Those numbers likely would have been different with Williams in uniform. The junior college transfer has been Auburn's most dependable and explosive pass-catcher this season, leading the team in receptions (38), receiving yards (609) and receiving touchdowns (five).
Could he be back in the Tigers' lineup for Saturday's matchup against Samford?
"I don’t know. I’m optimistic always that we can get him back as soon as possible," Lashlee said. "I think that literally is a day-to-day deal that we have to keep playing by ear and see how it comes along."