Auburn Offense vs Kansas State: Position Grades

4 of 5

Sep 18, 2014; Manhattan, KS, USA; Auburn Tigers wide receiver D’haquille Williams (1) makes a catch against Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Danzel McDaniel (7) during a 20-14 Tigers win at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports


They were far from perfect, particularly because of a handful of dropped passes, but the wide receivers were the best unit on the Auburn offense against Kansas State.

Live Feed

Auburn vs. Texas A&M Prediction, Odds, Trends and Key Players for College Football Week 4
Auburn vs. Texas A&M Prediction, Odds, Trends and Key Players for College Football Week 4 /


  • 2023 Week 4 AP Poll Top 25: Every SEC team’s highest, lowest spot on ballot South Bound & Down
  • SEC Football: Florida, LSU rise in Week 4 2023 power rankings South Bound & Down
  • SEC Tailgating: Where should you go in each town? South Bound & Down
  • SEC football standings based on yards per play through Week 2 FanSided
  • Auburn Basketball: Projected starting lineup and depth chart for 2023-24 season Busting Brackets
  • Duke Williams led the way with eight catches for 111 yards, including both a nine-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter and a 39-yard reception with just over two minutes remaining that sealed the 20-14 victory.

    He and Marshall connected several slant routes throughout the game, and used that to their advantage on the game-winning “sluggo.” However, Williams was not immune to the dropsies, and failed to haul in a second quarter pass that looked like it would have been a touchdown.

    Ricardo Louis, who also had a drop, made amends with a big play late in the second quarter. With the Tigers trailing for the first time all season, Louis was on the receiving end of a Nick Marshall pass that he caught and ran to complete a 40-yard touchdown. On the play, the junior eluded multiple Wildcats’ defenders on his way to the end zone.

    However, Louis’ touchdown wasn’t his only important play. It won’t show up in the box score, but Marshall and Louis converted an important third down late in the third quarter that moved the sticks and kept a drive going that ended in the end zone. It was on of ten third down conversions over the final 13 opportunities for the Auburn offense, many of which came through the air.

    Louis finished the game with three catches for 55 yards and a score. Sammie Coates, who missed the Week 2 matchup against SJSU, was back in action and caught two passes for 24 yards. Marcus Davis and Quan Bray each added a catch for seven and four yards, respectively.

    If not for drops, this group would have received a great grade, and as it is, they were clutch when it counted.

    Grade: B