AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn freshman Malik Miller injured his ankle early in the A-Day game Saturday.
The early enrollee out of Madison Academy in Huntsville, Ala., was performing well in practices and drawing praise from coaches, but this wasn’t the running back’s first injury this spring. He injured his other ankle last week, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.
“He did battle an ankle injury last week and I think he tweaked his other, but he’s had a solid spring and it’s been really good for him,” Malzahn said. “A guy that should still be in high school is getting 15 days of spring practice and it’s been good for him.”
Miller will likely only see 14 days of practice. The Tigers close spring practices Tuesday with a light workout at the Auburn Athletics Complex.
Miller carried the ball three times for 11 yards in the scrimmage and was penalized for holding defensive end Carl Lawson Saturday before limping off the field with 7:19 remaining in the first quarter.
The freshman will compete against the favorite to win the job, Jovon Robinson, and junior Roc Thomas in August.
Miller was rated a three-star prospect out of high school, according to 247Sports.
“You see someone that loves the game,” running backs coach Tim Horton said in March. “He’s very coachable. He’s got a lot of really good qualities about him. He’s still real young, though. I said this before, he’s a guy who should be getting ready for prom, not football practice. He needs to learn how to play with better pad level and he needs to learn how to protect the ball better, but he catches the ball well, he pass protects well, and he knows the offense really well for someone who has only been here for eight practices. We’re real pleased with Malik and what the future holds for him.”