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Auburn junior WR Duke Williams (sprained MCL) is expected to return to action for Saturday's Iron Bowl matchup against Alabama.

"We are hoping he will be back this week," head coach Gus Malzahn said. "I am not ready to make that call yet, but we are hopeful." Williams suffered the sprained MCL in his right knee against Texas A&M several weeks ago. Duke leads the team with 36 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns. The offense has cratered in his absence.
Nov 23 - 8:17 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall would be willing to play another position in the NFL if he's asked.

"It's just something I have to think about," Marshall said. "As of right now, I'm open to play anything, but I'm looking to play quarterback." Marshall is a superb athlete and a gifted runner, but his passing mechanics are not NFL-caliber. He has a number of options should he choose to switch position, a seeming fit at RB, WR, or DB. Georgia coach Mark Richt signed Marshall as a CB out of high school. "We certainly looked at him as (a quarterback), the possibility, but we believed he could be one of the best cornerbacks in America," Richt said. "We believe he could be a very high draft pick as a corner as well. He's that talented of a guy."
Nov 21 - 6:17 PM

According to Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee, junior WR Duke Williams is "coming along nicely" in his recovery from a knee injury.

Williams suffered a sprained MCL in his right knee in the team's loss to Texas A&M several weeks ago. Lashlee wouldn't divulge much information about Williams status, only saying "Duke’s coming along nicely. We’ll just have to kind of keep taking it day-to-day." Williams leads the team with 36 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns. In his absence, quarterback Nick Marshall threw for just 112 yards versus Georgia.
Nov 18 - 8:25 PM

Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates had three catches for 31 yards in Saturday's 34-7 loss to Georgia.

Auburn was without leading receiver Duke Williams, who is recovering from an MCL injury. Coates was expected to pick up the slack. He did not do that on Saturday. A 17-yard catch made up more than half of the junior's receiving output. It was a disappointing game in what's been a mostly disappointing season for the talented receiver. Coates caught 42 passes for 902 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. He hasn't been able to repeat that production this season, and it has to be somewhat disconcerting to scouts that Coates did not produce as a clear No. 1 receiver this week. Coates has the build (6-foot-2, 201 pounds) and the speed, but for whatever reason he has failed to live up to expectations. In his defense--at least for this game--his quarterback threw for just 112 yards.
Nov 16 - 5:05 PM

Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee said that senior QB Nick Marshall is "going to play just as hard as he would any other game" against the school that dismissed him in 2012.

Marshall was dismissed from Georgia in 2012 for a violation of team rules. Lashlee said, ""He knows a lot of those guys over there. He spent a year there. It’s his home state. He’s human." Last year, Marshall said that the Georgia game was just another game for him, though he played that game in front of the Auburn home crowd. This will be his first road game against Georgia. Marshall has accounted for 25 total touchdowns this season. He was involved with two critical fumbles late in last week's loss to Texas A&M.
Nov 13 - 10:45 PM

Auburn OC Rhett Lashlee noted that senior RB Cameron Artis-Payne was "making the most of his situation."

Artis-Payne has rushed for 1,190 yards this season to lead the SEC, albeit an SEC that has been absent Georgia RB Todd Gurley for the last month. Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said that the 5-foot-10, 210-pound senior was "one of the top running backs in our league...He's tough. He's very reliable. He's a very good pass protector. He's unselfish. He just does his job." CBS Sports' analyst Rob Rang noted over the summer that the Auburn runner had an "intriguing combination of power, acceleration and jump-cut ability." Those abilities have come to the forefront in a breakout 2014 season.
Nov 12 - 7:04 PM's Brandon Marcello notes that Auburn redshirt senior RB Corey Grant's role is dwindling in the Auburn offense.

"Grant's snap totals have decreased since the halfway point of the season. Ricardo Louis is receiving the bulk of the carries on jet sweeps, leaving Grant on the sidelines for most of the game," Marcello wrote. The 5-foot-11, 201-pound Grant only had 11 snaps for the Tigers last week in their 41-38 loss to Texas A&M, with only snap in the second half of the game. Head coach Gus Malzahn noted that "even though he's not gotten the carries he may have earlier he's helped us in some different ways as far as protection and check downs and doing some other things for us." Last season, Grant finished with 647 yards last season with an incredible 9.8 yards per carry.
Nov 12 - 2:22 PM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams is nopt expected to play against Georgia, head coach Gus Malzahn announced.

Malzahn did not rule Williams out, but said it was highly unlikely. The JUCO transfer has starred in the slot for Auburn this year and is considered week to week with a sprained MCL in his right knee. Sammie Coates will continue to be the downfield threat with Quan Bray seeing other targets.
Source: Fox Sports
Nov 12 - 10:33 AM

Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates will be relied upon for more of the offense with Duke Williams recovering from an MCL injury.

Coates was expected to be the No. 1 receiver for Auburn this season, after catching 42 passes for 902 yards and eight touchdowns in 2013. D'haquille Williams has turned into quarterback Nick Marshall's favorite target this year, though, with 18 more receptions and 193 more receiving yards than the more heralded Coates. "We’ve got a lot of confidence in our receivers," said head coach Gus Malzahn. Coates is a 6-foot-2, 201-pound target, who TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline said "play[ed] both strong and fast." Scouts will be looking to see how the junior plays with the more reliable Williams out of the lineup.
Nov 11 - 8:12 PM

The Auburn Undercover reports that head coach Gus Malzahn mentioned that junior WR Duke Williams is listed as "week-to-week" after suffering a sprained MCL in his right knee against Texas A&M.

During Malzahn's Tuesday press conference, he noted that he wasn't ready to rule Williams out for Auburn's matchup versus Georgia on Saturday. However, Malzahn noted that it's "unlikely" that the Auburn wideout plays. On the season, the 6-foot-2,216-pound Williams has recorded 38 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns.
Nov 11 - 2:30 PM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams suffered a sprained ligament in his right knee against Texas A&M and will miss the upcoming contest against Georgia, according to beat writer Brandon Marcello.

More specifically, Williams sprained his MCL and bruised his right knee. Marcello cites sources saying Williams could return by Nov. 22 for the contest against Stamford, however, he could sit as a precaution. After Samford, Auburn faces Alabama. Williams has locked down Auburn's slot receiving role since transferring from JUCO.
Nov 10 - 10:46 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Auburn junior WR Duke Williams the Tigers' "most reliable receiver."

Shots fired across the bow of Sammie Coates? Jokes aside, it wasn't funny when Williams was felled low on a catch. Williams stayed down for a while after hyperextending his knee, then took a set of crutches to the locker room. According to, Williams suffered a strained ligament in the knee and could possibly return by the end of the season. While Coates is the big name in the offense, Williams has become quarterback Nick Marshall's favorite target this season. He's made 38 catches for 609 yards and five touchdowns (all team bests). Rang wrote that Williams "is a well-built receiver who[se] impressive athleticism, body control and hands have caught scouts attention this season." Rang also called him a more consistent route-runner and pass-catcher than his more heralded teammate.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 9 - 2:47 PM

Auburn senior QB Nick Marshall fumbled twice late in the fourth quarter in Saturday's 41-38 loss to Texas A&M.

Marshall was 15-of-21 for 219 yards and a touchdown. He rushed 18 times for 67 yards and two scores. All of that was eclipsed by what happened late, when Marshall's tangled exchange outside of the end zone (with the Tigers down 41-38) resulted in a lost fumble. On Auburn's next possession, the ball was snapped before Marshall was ready for it and Texas A&M recovered again to seal the upset. Marshall is a fine leader for Auburn's system, but it's questionable whether he would be fit to run a more complex NFL system. At best, the senior is a developmental prospect. It's also possible that he moves to RB or WR.
Nov 8 - 8:17 PM

Auburn redshirt junior wide receiver Sammie Coates caught two passes for 58 yards in Saturday's 41-38 loss to Texas A&M.

Coates dropped several passes early in the game, then reminded everybody why he's considered a potential NFL star. Late in the fourth quarter, he hauled in a 52-yard bomb from quarterback Nick Marshall. Coates was bracketed by two defenders and came down with the ball anyway. The catch was Larry Fitzgerald-esque. Coates has battled injuries all year and needs to work on his hands, but he has the physical tools (6-foot-2, 201 pounds; 4.36 40 time) to be a first-round pick.
Nov 8 - 7:54 PM

Auburn junior WR Duke Williams was slowly helped off the field against Texas A&M with what looked to be a serious right knee injury.

Williams was hit low after catching a pass, and his knee was at the very least badly hyperextended. Williams has been a significant JUCO addition to the Auburn offense, as he has locked down the slot receiving role. He is part of the reason why Auburn's passing attack has improved so much this season.
Nov 8 - 4:41 PM

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