Duke Williams is missing from Auburn preseason practice
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn receiver Duke Williams won't be back on the field until he handles a discipline issue, coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday.
"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."
Malzahn did not give specifics or say how much time Williams would miss.
"The good thing is we have a lot of receivers we feel good about," Malzahn said.
Those receivers will have a chance to take charge in a Monday scrimmage, the first of two scheduled in the preseason.
Williams, Auburn's leading returning receiver, had 45 catches for 730 yards. He was suspended for the Outback Bowl.
Williams was on the field early in the week as Auburn kicked off preseason practice, but missed Friday's work and wasn't on hand for the first day in pads on Saturday. Auburn is working toward its Sept. 5 season-opener against Louisville in Atlanta.
Friday, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said he's pleased with receivers he has at practice. He also said Auburn will press on.
"We've got 105 kids on this team, and they all have different things going on in their lives. We're here to coach them, we're also here to mentor them and help them through things," Lashlee said. "It's just part of the process. He's no different than guys we've coached in the past. Everybody has a different story."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine