“When individuals fail to meet the expectations of our program, there has to be consequences,” Malzahn said in a statement. “I gave D’haquille the chance to prove himself. I am disappointed that it did not work out.”
Malzahn had suspended Williams in August for about a week due to an unspecified discipline issue. When he returned to the team, he reclaimed his starting position and had played in all five of the Tigers’ games, totaling 12 catches for 147 yards and a touchdown.
Williams joined the program after two junior college seasons and caught 45 passes for 730 yards and five touchdowns in his first year with the program, which earned him preseason All-SEC honors this year.
The Tigers (3–2) do not have a game this week and play Kentucky on the road on Oct. 15.
- Dan Gartland