Auburn defensive back Carlton Davis had little to prove on A-Day.
In the fall, Davis was one of the breakout players for the Tigers as a true freshman. He was a projected starter for new defensive coordinator Kevin Steele coming into spring and 13 practices did little to change that.
When Davis injured his finger this week, the coaches made the decision to hold the talented underclassman out Saturday as a precaution.
“He had a little bit of a finger issue on Thursday,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “We just wanted to be safe, it was nothing major. He’s had an outstanding spring and he’s going to be fine.”
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Auburn had a group of players recovering from injuries this spring who also didn’t play including wide receiver Kyle Davis (shoulder), wide receiver Stanton Truitt (shoulder), defensive back Josh Holsey (knee) and defensive back Jeremiah Dinson (various).
Quarterback Tyler Queen reinjured his right shoulder during a scrimmage last week and didn’t play. Queen’s injury isn’t expected to be long term, but his arm is in a sling.
The only known injury to happen during the game Saturday was to running back Malik Miller. Miller left the game early in the first quarter after Rudy Ford hit the running back behind the line of scrimmage for no gain.
“He tweaked his ankle,” Malzahn said of the early enrollee. “He did battle an ankle injury last week and I think he tweaked his other, but he’s had a solid spring and it’s been really good for him. A guy that should still be in high school is getting 15 days of spring practice and it’s been good for him.”
Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson and safety Tray Matthews were previously ruled out for the entire spring.