AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football will be without two projected starters and its No. 2 quarterback on Saturday night against Georgia Southern.
Per an Auburn spokesman, running back Kamryn Pettway, wide receiver Kyle Davis and quarterback Sean White will not be available for the Tigers’ Week 1 matchup due to suspension.
Earlier this week, Gus Malzahn said “we expected everybody to play” when asked directly about suspensions.
Pettway led the SEC in rushing yards per game last season, while White started for the Tigers at quarterback before losing out to Jarrett Stidham last month. Davis was a possible starter at wide receiver after a strong true freshman campaign.
Junior running back Kerryon Johnson will start in place of Pettway. Darius Slayton, who was listed as an “or” with Davis in the pregame depth chart, also made the lineup. Freshman Malik Willis will be in line to play behind Stidham in place of White.
Here are the rest of SEC Country’s pregame observations:
Starting lineup shakeups
The “ORs” on Auburn’s depth chart were settled for the opener Saturday night. Here are the starters at several positions of note:
- WR: Darius Slayton, Nate Craig-Myers, Will Hastings, Eli Stove
- DE: Marlon Davidson
- LB: Montavious Atkinson, Deshaun Davis, Tre’ Williams
- CB: Carlton Davis and Javaris Davis
Kerryon Johnson will start at running back in place of the suspended Kamryn Pettway. Davidson will get the start over Nick Coe, despite the fact Kevin Steele said the redshirt freshman would start earlier in the week. Montav
Freshman inactive for season opener
Freshman athlete JaTarvious Whitlow had a boot on his left foot and was rolling through Tiger Walk on a one-legged scooter Saturday afternoon. Whitlow injured his left ankle during fall camp, and Malzahn called him the only player who could possibly miss the opener due to injury.
Whitlow signed with Auburn as a wide receiver in February in a surprise decision. The native of nearby LaFayette, Ala., opened fall camp working with the Tigers’ running backs. It appears Auburn won’t rush the newcomer back into action.
New number alert for another freshman
Auburn wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene, who is the second-team flanker and second-team kick returner on the depth chart, has changed his number to No. 4.
Wide receiver-turned-safety Jason Smith wore that number last season, but he had to switch it up to avoid conflict with defensive end Jeff Holland. Now that the number was freed up for the offense, Igbinoghene is making the switch from No. 19 to a single digit.
The new stadium DJ is not in the student section
Auburn made some headlines last month when it announced a new DJ in the student section as part of its list of “gameday enhancements.” The new DJ, Ben Bruud, got quickly to work in pregame — but he wasn’t in the student section. He’s near the press box, on the opposite side of the stadium:
He appears to be right in front of me pic.twitter.com/kLQF9DTPYV
— Richard Stephens (@rastephens_82) September 2, 2017
So any fans up in arms about a DJ taking away from the experience can breathe a little easier. It’s not much different than the standard Jordan-Hare Stadium music setup.