Around Auburn: CB Davis will travel, still day-to-day

Davis is still day to day after getting injured in the Clemson game

Head coach Gene Chizik said sophomore cornerback Chris Davis’ outlook is still cloudy for the South Carolina game on Saturday.

Davis missed the Florida Atlantic game last weekend after leaving in the second half of the Tigers’ 38-24 loss to Clemson a week before.

“He’s worked some this week,” Chizik said. “Right now it’s going to be up to game time. He’s running a little bit out there, but there’s still a lot of work to go before he’ll be able to perform.”

Chizik said Davis will travel with the team.

Cornerbacks coach Phillip Lolley said Davis has been working to get back in the flow of the defense this week.

“It’s no different than a very good hitter in baseball, timing and everything,” Lolley said. “We’re just going to take it a step at a time and look for whether he can help us this weekend.

“We’re going to make sure he’s 100 percent. I don’t want him out there guarding those receivers unless he is.”

Redshirt freshman Jonathon Mincy started in Davis’ place last week.

No quandary at punt return
Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware said he’s confident that true freshman Quan Bray can fill in for the injured Trovon Reed at punt returner this week.

“We wouldn’t put him back there if we weren’t,” Boulware said. “We feel like he’ll do a good job.”

Bray has returned two kicks for 55 yards this year, but has yet to return a punt.

Reed returned eight punts for 42 yards in the first four games before leaving with a shoulder injury on a fourth-quarter return against FAU.

“I’m anxious to see how (Bray) is going to develop and grow,” Boulware said. “There’s going to be some growing pains — whether they come this week, or three weeks down the road — but I feel very confident in him being back there.”

An important piece
How important is junior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen to Gus Malzahn’s offense?

“Last week, we had three different guys try to play his one position,” Malzahn said. “That tells you how important he is to us.”

Lutzenkirchen dressed out but sat out against FAU last week, with Brandon Fulse, Ladarious Phillips and Blake Burgess stepping in to fill the void.

All indications are Lutzenkirchen will be back this week.

Boulware, who also handles the team’s tight ends, said Fulse’s first extended foray into the college game will be important down the road for the youngster.

“That was invaluable time we got with him,” Boulware said. “You can’t take that away. That really helped us out and helped him out. We feel like we’ve got a quality backup there with him.”

Near perfection
Ryan White said it’s his fault kicker Cody Parkey is no longer perfect on field goals this year.

Kind of.

The sophomore cornerback — and Parkey’s holder — put a bit of the blame on Parkey, snapper Josh Harris and himself for Parkey yanking a 47-yard field goal wide right in the fourth quarter against FAU on Saturday.

“I saw the play clock running down, so he had to rush it,” White said. “That’s something on me and Josh, all three of us really. I think that’s why he missed it. He should still be 100 percent right now.”

Parkey is 6-of-7 on field goals this year, with a long of 43.

An attention grabber
Burgess said he ran some routes before Saturday’s game at FAU — his first-ever game at tight end — to see if he could get Malzahn’s attention.

He got Malzahn’s attention, all right. Not that it means Malzahn’s rewriting his playbook though.

“I saw him on the ball machine,” Malzahn said, with a smile.

Malzahn was informed Burgess said he hadn’t touched a ball in a game since the second grade.

“Looked like it,” Malzahn said.

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