Auburn, Ala.--Coach Gus Malzahn said that freshman running back Malik Miller will be out of action for four to six weeks after having knee surgery on Monday.
Miller was injured in Auburn's Homecoming victory over Louisiana-Monroe. Two players who were held out of that game with injuries, center Xavier Dampeer (ankle sprain) and running back Kamryn Pettway (bruised quad), will be ready for action this week against Mississippi State, Malzahn said on Tuesday.
Miller has 69 rushing yards on 16 carries with one touchdown, a four-yard run last Saturday vs. Louisiana-Monroe that earned praise from Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
“It was a great run,” Lashlee said. “He actually got met at the four-yard line, and actually ran the guy over at about the two. The other guy jumped on board, and he drug them both into the end zone. I thought he ran hard. He made some guys miss.
“He is a good football player. It was good to see him and Kameron (Martin) and those guys to get in there and play a little bit. It's just unfortunate he got injured.”
Miller rushed for 4,589 yards and 70 touchdowns at Madison Academy where he was a key player on three state championship teams. He graduated from high school early and enrolled for classes at Auburn in January.
Commenting on Pettway and Dampeer, Malzahn said, "They both practiced Sunday so we should be pretty healthy."