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Final member of Auburn’s 2016 Class Stephen Davis Jr. starting out at running back

Auburn running back Stephen Davis Jr., No. 25, roams the sideline during the team's first practice of fall camp Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2016.
Auburn running back Stephen Davis Jr., No. 25, roams the sideline during the team's first practice of fall camp Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2016. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

The impact of Auburn coach Gus Malzahn’s decision to dismiss running back Jovon Robinson from the team Wednesday is impacting how the team shapes its depth chart.

Stephen Davis Jr., the son of former Auburn running back Stephen Davis, decommitted from Auburn during the recruiting process, but decided to sign with the team in July.

The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder was expected to open the season at safety, but Malzahn decided to give the South Carolina native a try on offense first.

“He's a big, athletic guy,” Malzahn said. “We've seen him for two days. He was a very good football player, really on both sides of the ball, coming out of high school. He's still figuring out what's going on but he's a big guy that can run. After we get in pads a little bit, we'll have a little more information as far as he goes.”

The three-star athlete missed much of his senior season with a knee injury, but is fully cleared to participate in fall camp.

“I think he’ll really be able to help us,” fellow running back Kerryon Johnson said. “With him getting here later it’s just a matter of how much he can soak it. There’s a lot of details, small things that he hasn’t repped as much as the rest of us. I think he’ll definitely have a role.”

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