Auburn Tigers senior wide receiver D’haquille Williams missed the team’s practice yesterday due to “personal business” and it is unknown when he will return to the team. James Crepea of AL.com reported the story.
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee called Williams’ situation “day-to-day” and did not offer further details, but this could be a potentially devastating blow for Auburn if Williams does not return to the team. He had 45 receptions for 730 yards and five touchdowns last season and was expected to be an even greater contributor on offense this year after finishing second on the team in receiving in 2014.
Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Williams has had off-field issues. He was suspended for the Outback Bowl last season for what was only called “an undisclosed violation of team rules,” and implied this spring that he was considering leaving the program.
Lashlee offered more on the Williams saga to Crepea.
“We’ve got 105 kids on this team, and they all have different things going on in their lives,” Lashlee said. “We’re here to coach them, we’re also here to mentor them and help them through things. It’s just part of the process. He’s no different than guys we’ve coached in the past. Everybody has a different story.”
Hopefully, Williams can take care of whatever “personal business” he has quickly and get back to practice soon so that he may prepare himself for Auburn’s season opener against Louisville, which takes place at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on September 5. He is far too important a member of the offense to just up and disappear for no reason and if this is the end of his time with Auburn, the Tigers are going to have a big hole at wide receiver in 2015.
Campus Sports will update this story as more information becomes available.
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