The news wasn’t all bad for Auburn at SEC Media Days.
After discussing his starting quarterback situation while also confirming the worst when it comes to one of his top returning defensive linemen, Gus Malzahn revealed that two Tigers — wide receiver Jaylon Denson and linebacker Justin Garrett — have been granted medical hardship waivers by the NCAA. The ruling means that each player, both juniors, will get back one year of eligibility.
Denson tore a patellar tendon in his left leg during the Sept. 21 loss to LSU and missed the final eight games of the of the regular season as well as the BCS title game, qualifying him for the waiver. Garrett played in only two games last seasons after suffering a pair of foot injuries, one during summer camp and one early on in the season.
Denson was listed as a starter at the time of his injury, while Garrett was projected as the starter prior to his health issues.