Auburn wide receiver Will Hastings, who underwent knee surgery this spring, might be ready to play by midseason, coach Gus Malzahn said at SEC media days.
The Tigers also will be without wide receiver Eli Stove, who is recovering from an ACL injury.
“That’s two tough blows,” Malzahn said. “We need other receivers to step up in their absence until we get them back.
“(Hastings is) off to a very good start. His rehab is going excellent. We’re hoping we get him back by the middle of the season.”
Hastings caught 26 passes for 525 yards and four touchdowns as a junior last season, while Stove caught 29 passes for 265 yards last season. He also rushed for 315 yards and two touchdowns.
Auburn quarterback Jarret Stidham passed for 3,158 yards and 18 touchdowns with only six interceptions last season after transferring from Baylor.
The Tigers begin the season against Washington on Sept. 1 in Atlanta.
Auburn also has trips to Mississippi State, Georgia and Alabama, and Malzahn claims the Tigers have “the toughest schedule in all of college football.”