Auburn Tigers wide receiver D’haquille Williams is dealing with what head coach Gus Malzahn called a “discipline issue” and that is the reason he has not been seen at practice as of late. Brandon Marcello of AL.com reported the development, and Malzahn offered a brief statement.
“He had a discipline issue that we’re taking care of and when he takes care of that, he’ll be back on the field,” Malzahn said. “I’ll make that decision. I will let you know when he’ll back. Bottom line: nobody is bigger than the team around here and that’s between me and him.”
It’s a rough spot for Williams to be in, as he was second on the team with 730 receiving yards but led the way with 45 receptions and five touchdowns. With Sammie Coates now in the NFL, he was expected to be Auburn’s leading overall receiver this year.
But it’s clear that what was earlier called a “day-to-day” situation is something bigger, and it sounds like Williams could potentially be facing a suspension. This wouldn’t be the first time he has had disciplinary issues at Auburn, as he was suspended for last year’s Outback Bowl after missing practices despite it being called a “violation of team rules.”
Williams also implied in May that he was considering leaving Auburn, but that rumor quickly fell flat. Either way, it’s clear that he has a lot going on and needs to get his head screwed on straight, as Auburn is set to open its season against Louisville in Atlanta on September 5.
Regardless of what happens, Campus Sports will update this story as any new information becomes available.
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