Trovon Reed, a starting wide receiver and Auburn's No. 1 punt returner, is out of action this week with a shoulder injury suffered in Saturday night's victory over Florida Atlantic. In his place true freshman Quan Bray will play receiver and return punts.
Reed has 13 catches for 91 yards this season and has rushed the football two times for 12 yards. He has eight punt returns for 42 yards.
Bray, who played quarterback last season at Troup County High School, has won praise from Chizik and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor for his progess in games and practices.
Bray has one catch on a play that did not gain yardage and has run the football five times for two net yards with a long gainer of eight yards at Clemson running as the wildcat quarterback. Bray has two kickoff returns for 55 yards.
Quarterback Barrett Trotter said that the freshman Bray has potential and has similar skills as Reed."He can definitely do something when he gets the ball in his hands," Trotter said. "He is really shifty. I am anxious to get him out there and see what he can do with the ball."
The Tigers are expected to get several starters back in the lineup this week who were held out last Saturday. Offensively, junior tight end/H-back Philip Lutzenkirchen should see action vs. the Gamecocks and junior guard John Sullen will likely be back.
Redshirt freshman Chad Slade started in Sullen's absence vs. Florida Atlantic and true freshman Brandon Fulse made his first college start filling in for Lutzenkirchen. Slade started in game one at right tackle.
On defense linebacker Jonathan Evans could see action this week, Chizik said. He has been sidelined since the opener. Another starter on defense, cornerback Chris Davis, is "day to day," the head coach said.
After taking Monday off the Tigers will return to practice on Tuesday night preparing for a 2:30 p.m. CDT kickoff on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C., against a team ranked ninth and 10th this week in the major polls. Chizik said his players are "very excited" about playing the 4-0 Gamecocks on a game televised nationally on CBS.