AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football’s injury situation following a fall camp of bumps and bruises looks much better heading into the first game week of the season.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Wednesday evening — 10 days before the Tigers’ season opener against Georgia Southern — everyone should be available for Week 1.
“Everybody is back out to practice, and we expect everybody to play,” Malzahn said.
Sophomore defensive end Marlon Davidson was the most high-profile injury of fall camp. The returning starter suffered a non-contact knee injury at the end of Week 1 and missed the Tigers’ first two scrimmages.
Other minor injuries during fall camp includes ones to defensive back Daniel Thomas, defensive tackle Andrew Williams, offensive tackle Calvin Ashley and linebacker T.D. Moultry.
Malzahn was asked specifically about Davidson on Wednesday night, and he said the defensive end was back at practice. Malzahn said every player was back “in some capacity” Saturday, but the overall outlook was improved Wednesday.
Earlier in camp, Malzahn said freshman JaTarvious Whitlow, a wide receiver who worked at running back during practices, was the only player who had a chance to miss the opener against Georgia Southern with injury.
Auburn’s increasingly healthier squad has been able to go through extra preparation for Georgia Southern, an upset-minded program which utilizes a triple-option offense.
“We’ve really tried to make this as close to game week as we could to try and get two full weeks in of preparation,” Malzahn said. “I think our guys have done a very solid job in all three phases. Trying to really focus on a lot of our young guys with special teams. I think there’s a handful of guys I think can help us in that area.”
Auburn will return to the practice field Thursday before heading to Jordan-Hare Stadium for what Malzahn called a “dress rehearsal” on Friday. The Tigers will practice game-like situations with the staff and the entire team on the sidelines.
“We do this every year, and Friday is usually the day we do it,” Malzahn said.
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