Duke In the Doghouse With Malzahn

Auburn wide receiver Duke Williams was once again absent from practice on Saturday and Coach Gus Malzahn broke down his situation on Saturday.

Auburn, Ala.--For the second consecutive day there was no Duke Williams on the practice field for the Auburn Tigers and Coach Gus Malzahn said following the workout that his absence could continue. Dealing with "discipline issues", Williams has some things to take care of before he will be allowed to practice.

"He had a discipline issue that we're taking care of," Malzahn said. "When he takes care of that he'll be back on the field. I'll make that decision and I'll let you know when he'll be back. The bottom line is nobody is bigger than the team around here. That's between me and him."

Without Williams the Tigers will lean on veterans Ricardo Louis, Melvin Ray and Marcus Davis. Auburn will need talented junior Tony Stevens to step up his game as well along with redshirt freshman Myron Burton and junior college transfer Jason Smith.

"The good news is we've got a lot of receivers we feel very good about," Malzahn said. "Ricardo Louis is a guy that has really done a good job in fall camp. We talked about him raising his level and taking that next step and becoming a leader, and he's done that. Melvin Ray has done a solid job. Those are two seniors along with Jonathan Wallace and we're relying on those guys for leadership."

Auburn’s leading returning receiver after catching 45 passes for 760 yards and five touchdowns a season ago, Williams is expected to be one of the top receivers in college football this season with quarterback Jeremy Johnson throwing passes for the Tigers.

Auburn will take Sunday off for fan day before the first two-a-days practices on Sunday.


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