Malzahn Against D’haquille Williams NCAA Football Odds Report

Posted by Alex Murphy on Sunday,August 16, 2015 1:00, EST in

Yesterday, Auburn’s football team saw its leading receiver from 2014, D’haquille Williams, return to practice after being held out for a week. Why? No one is talking to College football betting fans about it, but it’s clear that there was an unspecified violations of coach Gus Malzahn’s rules that ended up shoving Williams into the doghouse. Williams is a preseason All-SEC selection, but after he practiced twice last week, he sat out the remainder of the workouts, including the initial scrimmage on Monday. The Tigers have another scrimmage set for tomorrow.

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All that Malzahn would say about the matter was that “Duke Williams did return to practice…he did take care of his business off the field what I had him doing,” according to Scout.com. Malzahn added that Williams was continuing to earn the respect of his coaches and teammates and had shown remorse for the actions that led to Malzahn holding him out of practice. So long as Williams does not break any more team rules, he will be available to play in the season opener against Louisville.

For now, though, Williams sits at the bottom of the team’s depth chart at wide receiver and will have to earn his frontrunner status again. The theme of Malzahn’s comments about Williams had to do with the fact that Williams has to follow the same guidelines as everyone else on the field. Williams did miss some of the “installs” that the other receivers learned in practice, but Malzahn also appears to feel that Williams can get caught up in a relatively short amount of time.

Malzahn would not go so far as to say that Williams was in a “zero tolerance” situation with the team, although he did say that Williams “understands the severity of where we are at” according to Scout.com. Malzahn emphasized that he tries to maintain the same levels of standards for all of the players on the team, no matter what role that player has. Malzahn would not be more specific, saying that Williams’ penance was between coach and player.

This Isn’t the First Malzahn vs. Williams Dispute

This isn’t the first time that Williams has run afoul of Williams. He was suspended from the team’s bowl game last winter against Wisconsin but had played well enough in spring practice to earn praise from the Tiger coaching staff. He played in nine games in 2014, leading the team in total catches with 45 and touchdown catches with five. He finished second in yards with 730. He missed three games because of injury and started seven.

Williams had transferred in from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and immediately impacted play by grabbing nine passes for 154 yards against Arkansas. He was an all-state player twice in high school and gained 1,495 receiving yards as a high school senior, catching 25 touchdown passes that year as well.

If the Tigers are going to contend in the SEC West this season, they will need Williams to be an integral part of their offense. The hope is that he can contain his off-field issues and contribute to the success of the Tigers.