Chandler CoxMarcus Davis (above) is out of action with an injury.
Auburn, Ala.--Dealing with injuries is a major theme for the Auburn football team this week as the Tigers head into game 11, their home finale on Saturday night vs. Alabama A&M.
Coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday that the SEC’s leading rusher, Kamryn Pettway, will miss this week’ game. The sophomore suffered a strained quadriceps muscle vs. Vandy.
Asked if Pettway may miss the Alabama game a week from Saturday, Malzahn said, “I am not ready to say that yet. We are hopeful.”
Quarterback Sean White, who aggravated his shoulder injury on Saturday at Georgia, is “day to day,” according to the head coach.
One of White’s receivers, Marcus Davis, suffered a broken collarbone against Georgia and will miss the rest of the regular season. He has a chance of returning for a bowl game.
Davis, who is also the No. 1 punt returner, will be replaced by junior safety Stephen Roberts. Sophomore receiver Ryan Davis is also practicing as a punt returner.
Starting fullback/H-back Chandler Cox is out this week with a lower leg injury suffered vs. Georgia.
Backup running back Stanton Truitt, who injured his ankle vs. Georgia, is not expected to play this week. "Stanton Truitt injured his ankle early in the game andtTried to keep fighting through," Malzahn said. "He couldn't go in the second half. He swelled up pretty good. He'll be out this week. We're hopeful to have him for the Iron Bowl also."
Malzahn said that true freshman running back Malik Miller, who played early in the season before having knee surgery, will practice this week and could see action. If he doesn't play Miller will be eligible to apply for a medical hardship redshirt.
Defensive back Johnathan "Rudy" Ford will likely get practice time at running back this week, Malzahn noted. Asked if Ford will play vs. Alabama A&M on his senior day, the coach said, “I'll probably answer that question better in the week. too. He hasn't taken a whole lot of snaps at running back.”
Josh Shockley, a linebacker who plays on the kick coverage teams, was injured vs. Georgia and is also out this week. "We lost him for the regular season with a shoulder injury," Malzahn said. "He had been playing very well on special teams of late."
Commenting on his starting quarterback's availability, Malzahn said, "Sean White reinjured his shoulder. We'll see. It'll be a kind of day to day, week to week deal. Not ready to make a call one way or the other with him. We'll play him when he's healthy. We'll see how that goes this week, and I'll give an update later in the week on that."
Asked if it is likely that John Franklin starts at QB this week, Malzahn said, "John Franklin's taken all the No. 2 reps. Jeremy (Jeremy Johnson) has taken reps the last couple of weeks. I am not ready to make a call exactly on that. Later in the week, I'll definitely let everybody know."