Denson determined to come back from knee injury

BIRMINGHAM — Injured Auburn wide receiver Jaylon Denson is determined to come back better than ever from what may end up being a season-ending knee injury. Denson tore his patellar tendon during the opening drive of Saturday’s game at No. 6 LSU and was carted off the field.

“I’m down.. But best believe I’m not out!,” Denson tweeted Monday. “The SEC has not seen the last of me! I will bounce back & come back stronger & harder than ever before!”

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said Denson, who has three receptions for 45 yards this season, is likely out for the remainder of the season. With a bye this week, Tigers coach Gus Malzahn and his staff will evaluate who could fill the void of the 6-foot-3 219-pound junior.

“Jaylon is one of our most consistent, if not our most consistent receiver, so that’s a big blow for us,” Malzahn said at the Monday Morning Quarterback Club in Birmingham. “We have an off week. We have a chance to start to develop some of those younger guys and get a plan moving forward.”

Lashlee said tight end Brandon Fulse or inside receiver Melvin Ray could be used to fill Denson’s role in the offense. Freshman Tony Stevens, who had two catches for 21 yards against LSU, could also have a bigger role in the offense.

Denson had a strong spring and is considered one of Auburn’s best blocking receivers.

Auburn hosts No. 21 Ole Miss at either 2:30 or 6 p.m. CT on Oct. 5.