OXFORD, Miss. — The grind of a long season is affecting Auburn’s health as it heads into a crucial November slate.
Auburn cornerback Javaris Davis, defensive tackle Andrew Williams and linebacker Tre’ Williams all left the Tigers’ 40-29 victory against Ole Miss on Saturday night with injuries. Head coach Gus Malzahn didn’t have any immediate status updates on the trio of injured players after the game.
“I don’t think anything is real serious,” Malzahn said in his postgame press conference. “But those guys are banged up. They’re all good football players we need to get back.”
Davis sustained an apparent leg injury on a fourth-quarter kick return for Ole Miss that went for 43 yards. Andrew Williams left the game with his unknown injury shortly after a late hit call in the fourth quarter. Tre’ Williams injured his left ankle in the third quarter and had to be taken to the locker room.
Davis and the two Williamses weren’t the only Auburn players dealing with injury issues Saturday night.
Senior wide receiver Tony Stevens, who entered the game as the team’s leader in receptions and yards, dressed out but didn’t play Saturday against the Rebels due to an undisclosed injury.
“Tony Stevens got hurt last week and tried to practice on Tuesday,” Malzahn said. “It was still hurting him. We felt like we’d let him see what he could do in pregame, and he just wasn’t ready to go. Hopefully he’ll be back next week.”
Stevens didn’t record a catch against Arkansas last weekend but made several key blocks in Auburn’s 56-3 win. In Stevens’ absence against Ole Miss, Auburn’s top two receivers were underclassmen — true freshman Eli Stove (5 receptions for 37 yards) and redshirt freshman Darius Slayton (3 receptions for 57 yards).
“We knew (Stevens) may or may not play,” Slayton said Saturday night. “But either way it went, we knew we were going to have to pick up the slack.”
Auburn hopes to get all four players back for its matchup next Saturday against Vanderbilt, which was off in Week 9. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Jordan-Hare Stadium.