Auburn WR D’haquille “Duke” Williams dismissed from program
Auburn has dismissed star wide receiver D’haquille “Duke” Williams from the team, the team announced in a press release Monday night.
“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
Williams was dismissed after an incident at a local club this past weekend, according to Jay G. Tate of AuburnSports.com.
The senior had already been disciplined twice in his Auburn career. The first was a suspension at the end of last season causing Williams to miss the Outback Bowl. He was also suspended in early August following an incident in practice.
The 6-foot-2 receiver was Auburn’s best passing threat last season, catching 45 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns. Malzahn was hoping Williams could match that production this season, but the entire team has struggled to attack through the air in its first five contests.
Williams never developed a rhythm with junior quarterback Jeremy Johnson, who was benched after three games, and redshirt freshman Sean White only connected with Williams five times for 66 yards in two games.
Williams had 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown in five games this season, but he has recorded his last statistic as a member of the Auburn Tigers.
Not surprised WR Duke Williams dismissed from Auburn. Classic underachiever w/ inflated sense of self. Lot of 1st rd buzz; we never saw it
— Todd McShay (@McShay13) October 6, 2015