The hits to Auburn’s depth at running backs keep on coming.
Coach Gus Malzahn ruled running back Stephen Davis Jr. out for the season Sunday night two days after announcing plans to put the freshman at the position.
“I think at this point right now the freshmen that have a chance to play this year, fall camp is very important,” Malzahn said. “He’ll rehab and we hope to have him back in the spring.”
The second generation Tiger became the final member of the team’s 2016 recruiting class when he signed with the program in July. The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder was initially penciled in at safety, but Malzahn changed his mind once the team parted ways with Jovon Robinson.
“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.”
Davis wasn’t spotted at Saturday night’s practice during the media’s open viewing window. Offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee denied there as an issue, but Davis was spotted practicing with Auburn’s other injured players on Sunday.
Malzahn also offered updates on Tre’ Williams and Marshall Taylor during his press conference Sunday night. Williams didn’t practice Sunday due to an ankle injury and is “day to day.”
Taylor, who hasn’t been with the team since the start of camp, is expected back “in the near future.”
AL.com’s James Crepea reported the graduate transfer out of Miami (OH) was involved in an off the field incident with Jovon Robinson earlier this summer. Malzahn has denied Taylor’s absence is tied to the situation involving Robinson.