AUBURN, Ala. — Normally an injury-update enemy, Gus Malzahn took the opposite approach Tuesday.
Malzahn knew what he was getting into when he walked into his weekly press conference. Rather than wait for the injury questions — which happened inevitably anyways — Malzahn referenced a long list of noteworthy injuries that will keep several players out of the Alabama A&M game on Saturday.
“We got pretty beat up during the game and even going into the game,” Malzahn said.
The running back position took the biggest hit.
Starting running back Kamryn Pettway, who will sit out for the second-straight week because of an injured quad. Pettway suffered his leg injury on his final carry of the Vanderbilt game, and it kept him out against Georgia.
Malzahn said he’s “not ready to say” that Pettway will miss the Alabama game in two weeks.
“Kamryn Pettway will not play again this week. Same status, we hope to have him for the Iron Bowl,” Malzahn said. “We’re hopeful. We’re hopeful.”
Pettway won’t be the only ground asset missing against Alabama A&M. Chandler Cox suffered a “leg injury” in the second half of the Georgia game. He, too, will be out this week against the FCS opponent, and Malzahn said he’s “hopeful” to return for the Iron Bowl.
Stanton Truitt, who has been a utility running back option lately, experienced an ankle injury early in the Georgia game. He remained in the contest momentarily, but he wasn’t able to go after halftime.
“Tried to keep fighting through, couldn’t go in the second half. It swelled up pretty good,” Malzahn said. “He’ll be out this week. I’m hopeful to have him for the Iron Bowl also.”
This only references the Iron Bowl hopefuls, among injury updates. Sean White’s situation is still a mystery. Marcus Davis and Josh Shockley will miss the remainder of the regular season, but Malzahn remains optimistic that they’ll be available for bowl season.
The growing number of injuries has taken a noticeable effect in week-to-week preparations.
“It’s very difficult, especially when we have leaders that start and they get banged up and we need somebody to come fill the role, but we have a lot of playmakers that back our first team up,” Tray Matthews said. “They do a tremendous job stepping up, but it’s definitely hard and you know, you just have to keep on moving forward and get those guys healthy.”