Four Auburn Sophomore Football Players Will Be Available to Play This Season, Gus Malzahn Says

Gus Malzahn said that Carlton Davis, Ryan Davis, Jermiah Dinson and Byron Cowart have been punished internally and will be available to play for the Tigers.

Carlton Davis (above) plays cornerback for the Tigers.

Hoover, Ala.--Four Auburn football players, including 2015 All-SEC Freshman cornerback Carlton Davis, who were arrested for second degree possession of marijuana in the spring, will not miss any playing time, Coach Gus Malzahn said on Monday.

The other three players arrested are also sophomores. The group includes wide receiver Ryan Davis, defensive end Byron Cowart and cornerback Jeremiah Dinson.

“Those four young men made a mistake,” he said. “We punished them. They won’t miss any time. That is behind us. They are four fine young men. They made a mistake and I am confident they won’t make any more.”

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Ryan Davis saw limited playing time during the 2015 season.

Asked why they won’t have to miss any playing time, the head coach said, “Because that is what I decided to do and I think that is the right thing to do.”

Asked if playing Clemson in game one factored into the decision, Malzahn said, “Zero.”

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Jeremiah Dinson plays cornerback for the Tigers and saw significant action as a true freshman.

Carlton Davis led the Tigers in interceptions with three and was sixth on the team in total tackles with 38 solos and 18 assists. He deflected eight passes.

Dinson played in nine games last season as a true freshman with one start. He suffered a serious knee injury vs. Texas A&M and is not expected to be available to play football this fall. He finished with nine solo tackles and six assists last fall.

Ryan Davis played in eight games and ran the ball two times for 20 yards with a touchdown vs. Texas A&M.

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Cowart, a five-star recruit, saw limited playing time as a reserve in 2015 and made one solo tackle with five assists.

The Tigers, who are participating in SEC Football Media Days on Monday, will open preseason practice on August 3rd as they prepare for their home opener vs. the Clemson Tigers.

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