AUBURN, Ala. — Kyle Davis turned heads during his freshman season with big plays and one-handed grabs, so his absence was noticeable when Auburn football started practicing this spring.
Wide receiver coach Kodi Burns isn’t sure exactly when the rising sophomore will rejoin the team after dealing with “personal business.” But Burns isn’t stressing over the situation.
“Yeah, I mean we’re rooting for Kyle,” Burns said. “It’s personal matters and all those things. We’ll just see when it happens. …Whenever you have personal deals, you worry about that and then you come back whenever that time may be and we’ll make sure we get you right. I’m not too much concerned about it.”
Head coach Gus Malzahn addressed the matter on his team’s first day of workouts, saying Davis would be back some time after Auburn’s 10-day spring break. When the Tigers returned for the second half of spring practices, Davis still was absent and details of his circumstances remained unclear.
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The offseason was expected to be critical for the development of Burns’ young wide receiver group — perhaps even more so with new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in charge. Now it appears Davis will miss all 15 practices and the A-Day game on April 8.
Sill, Burns is confident Davis will be able to successfully transition back into place when he returns.
“I think he can pick up in the fall,” Burns said. “He’s a guy that, you know, played some last year. So he understands the offense and kind of what we do. I know we tweaked a few things, but I think he’ll be fine.”
In 13 games last season, Davis caught 12 passes, totaling 248 yards. The newcomer emerged in Auburn’s second game of the season with a show-stopping reception against Arkansas State. Davis later added touchdown catches in the Tigers’ homecoming and senior night games against ULM and Alabama A&M.
Burns believes that experience will help Davis quickly readjust.
“So now you kind of have something, a foundation to kind of lean on a little bit,” Burns said. “‘Hey, I’ve done that. I’ve made some plays’ as opposed to being a guy who has not. That just takes time and reps.”