AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football has dismissed sophomore wide receiver Kyle Davis for “breaking team rules,” Tigers coach Gus Malzahn announced Tuesday morning.
Malzahn made the announcement three days after Davis was absent from Auburn’s 27-23 loss at LSU. He did not make the trip. Sources told SEC Country over the weekend Davis was dismissed from the team prior to Auburn’s 27-23 loss at LSU last Saturday.
“We wish him nothing but the best moving forward,” Malzahn said.
When Malzahn was asked about the receiver’s absence after the loss in Baton Rouge, his answer was brief and inconclusive.
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“He didn’t make the trip,” Malzahn said. “That’s between me and him. He just didn’t make the trip.”
Fellow receiver Nate Craig-Myers touched on the news during his time at the podium on Tuesday.
“We all love Kyle, that’s our brother,” Myers said. “We wish nothing but the best for him.”
Davis, along with backup quarterback Sean White and running back Kamryn Pettway, was suspended for Auburn’s season opener against Georgia Southern. White was later dismissed from the team in September.
“Also, we held out three of our players, Kam Pettway, Sean White and Kyle Davis,” Malzahn said after the Sept. 2 win. “That’s completely between me and them.”
The 2017 home opener was far from the first time Davis had been absent, however.
The 6-foot-2, 213-pound wideout was expected to miss the first two weeks of spring practice while he dealt with what Malzahn deemed “personal issues.” That timeline quickly changed, and Davis missed all 15 spring workouts, including the A-Day spring game on April 8. He returned to campus in May.
Davis was predicted to be heavily involved in Auburn’s offense this season after totaling 248 yards on 12 receptions as a freshman in 2016.
He caught 7 passes for a total of 210 yards in five games for Auburn this season, ranking third on the team behind Will Hastings and Ryan Davis. His longest reception of the season was a 58-yard bomb delivered by quarterback Jarrett Stidham in a win at Missouri.