Hey, you know those injuries the offense is dealing with? The situation is even worse (or, maybe, better) than you think.
Pettway, Truitt, and Cox will definitely sit out at least this weekend's game. We don't know about Sean White, yet. Marcus Davis is out for the regular season with a shoulder issue. That's bad. It's so bad that Rudy Ford is getting work at running back and Malik Miller is definitely going to be back practicing. I still think he'll redshirt, but if Pettway can't go against Bama, then it wouldn't shock me if he plays.
Is it bad that I think we'll miss Marcus Davis most at punt returner (for catching the ball), but not necessarily as a WR? He hasn't been great this season. I know he had an injury early in the year, and now he's hurt again. Maybe this will give one or two of the freshman another chance to step up and show themselves ready for a big part of the game plan.
On the Sean White situation, I don't know quite what to think. I definitely think the coaches should have had a conversation with him and made a change, but that's easy to say sitting on the couch watching the game. Yes, it was never more than a one-score game, but still.
I hate the coach-speak, though. I don't think there's a chance in hell that Sean White plays this weekend. There are zero reasons for him to play. I wish we'd just say that and move on.
Now to the Tweets!
Malzahn: "Our defense played good enough to win, holding those guys to 6 points."— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) November 15, 2016
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn here for updates Marcus Davis out for season (shoulder). Chandler Cox, Kamryn Pettway, Stanton Truitt out this week— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) November 15, 2016
Malzahn and the staff haven't decided whether Sean White will play against Alabama A&M. "He'll play when he's healthy."— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) November 15, 2016
Malzahn says he's not ready to make a call on the back-up QB right now, but Franklin has gotten most of the reps.— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) November 15, 2016
Opelika native Stephen Roberts will be the punt returner sans Marcus Davis https://t.co/KmpOTnX7lM— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 15, 2016
Rudy Ford has gotten reps at RB, Malzahn said. Kam Martin could be a lead guy, and Malik Miller (knee) is practicing again.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 15, 2016
Malzahn on Sean White playing through injury: "he got us here, he's had an excellent year...he's a tough guy he's one of our leaders"— Chris Renkel (@Chris_Renkel) November 15, 2016
Gus Malzahn: Not ready to say if any defensive players will rest this week, "we are healthier on that side of the ball"— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) November 15, 2016
Should AU coaches have checked with Sean White during UGA game about his shoulder injury? Malzahn: "It would have been good to know."— John Zenor (@jzenor) November 15, 2016
Malzahn says "Moving forward, the conversation will be different" between he and Sean White re: injuries.— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) November 15, 2016
Malzahn on DE Carl Lawson: Carl is one of the best players in all of college football, he's stayed healthy this year. #WarEagle— Chris Renkel (@Chris_Renkel) November 15, 2016
Malzahn said it "wouldn't surprise me at all" if Carl Lawson gets to single-season Auburn sack record. Two away from Nick Fairley's mark.— Josh Vitale (@AUBlog) November 15, 2016
Malzahn on Woody Barrett: "He wasn't here in the summer. Then he had an ankle injury... he's going to be a real good player for us."— Nathan Deal (@NattyD13) November 15, 2016