AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football picked up more than a few injury concerns during its 42-14 win over ULM on Saturday. However, coach Gus Malzahn didn’t sound worried about the health of his team immediately after the victory.
Six different Auburn players — all on the defensive side of the ball — spent time off the field with injuries against ULM, including three starters: defensive end Jeff Holland, linebacker Tre’ Williams and nickelback Jeremiah Dinson.
Malzahn said the injuries weren’t immediately diagnosed as serious, as he didn’t hear anything detailed on them after the game.
“I haven’t really gotten any news, and usually if it’s bad, I get it before now,” Malzahn said. “So, we’ll see how that goes. But I would say right now we’re in decent shape.”
Holland limped off the field early in the first quarter after chasing ULM quarterback Caleb Evans on a third-down pass play. He returned to the game but still appeared to struggle with the right leg injury throughout the game.
Williams looked like the worst for wear afterward. The senior from Mobile, Ala., left the game in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury. Williams missed several games earlier in the season with a similar issue, and he had a hard time moving his upper body heading into the injury tent.
Dinson left the field under his own power after a tackle in the third quarter and did not return.
Other injury concerns coming out of Auburn’s win over ULM included redshirt freshman defensive end Nick Coe, junior linebacker Deshaun Davis and freshman linebacker Chandler Wooten. Coe and Davis both returned to action after picking up their injuries, while Wooten went to the locker room and didn’t return. Davis was made available for postgame interviews.
Auburn will most likely be without junior running back Kamryn Pettway for the Iron Bowl against No. 1 Alabama next week. Pettway broke a bone in his shoulder against Arkansas last month and has missed the last three games with the injury.