AUBURN, Ala. — Cryptic Gus Malzahn alert.
Predictably, the first five questions of his weekly Tuesday press conference dealt with growing injury concerns for Auburn. More related questions were sprinkled throughout the media session.
The two biggest injured players of interest: Kamryn Pettway and Sean White.
Pettway suffered an apparent quad injury on his final run of the Vanderbilt game, though Malzahn is only labeling “a leg injury.” He was seen smiling with trainers and teammates as the clocked ticked down in the 23-16 victory last weekend.
His status for Georgia will be determined later in the week.
“We’re hoping to get him on the practice field today or tomorrow,” Malzahn said. “He’s done well so far. He’s kind of a quick healer. I’ll know more later in the week, but he is planing on practicing.”
Pettway rushed for 173 yards before hurting his leg. The performance against Vanderbilt made him the most recent 1,000-yard rusher to continue the trend of at least one a year since 2009. His status for Saturday remains in doubt.
That uncertainty won’t extend to White: “He’ll start,” Malzahn said.
White entered the second half of the Vanderbilt game after sitting out practice all week and the first half with an undisclosed injury. He looked effective in his return, completing 10-of-13 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Despite the strong second-half, there is concern about White’s health going forward.
Malzahn said White will play, but the coaching staff must be careful with his rep count this week.
“He’s not 100 percent or we would have started him last week … He’ll be better this week than he was last week,” Malzahn said. “We’re going to be start with him. He will practice this week, but we’re going to be smart with him.”
Senior wide receiver Tony Stevens and junior linebacker Tre’ Williams will both be full go for the Georgia game after dealing with minor injuries that have made them miss time.
Malzahn also said Marlon Davidson was “banged up” during the Vanderbilt game, which was a big reason for Derrick Brown’s appearance at defensive end.