AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says he didn't tell linebacker Anthony Swain to fake an injury against Arkansas.
During Saturday's game Swain walked a few feet after a play with two seconds left in the third quarter, then looked toward the sideline and crumpled to the ground clutching his right knee.
TV announcers said it appeared Swain was faking an injury at the request of someone on Auburn's sideline. Arkansas scored on the next play but lost 35-17.
Malzahn says he has "never told any player to fake an injury." He didn't say whether Swain was injured but promised "going forward there will be no more questionable issues."
Malzahn and Arkansas coach Bret Bielema indirectly sparred about hurry-up offenses during the summer. Malzahn cited defenders faking injuries to slow the pace.