Auburn’s secondary could use some help.
The third-ranked Tigers are 97th nationally in passing defense after allowing South Carolina’s Dylan Thompson to thorw for 402 yards and five touchdowns (with three interceptions) and Ole Miss’ Bo Wallace to tally 341 yards and two touchdowns (with no interceptions) over the last two weeks. Auburn won both games, but needed 77 points to do so.
Despite returning to action in last week’s defeat of South Carolina, senior safety Jermaine Whitehead is still not a part of the rotation in Auburn’s secondary, not after serving a four-game suspension for allegedly getting in a verbal altercation with a coach.
“Not at this time,” defensive coordinator told AL.com Sunday night of Whitehead’s chances of re-joining the defense.
Whitehead has played on special teams, but that is apparently it for now.
Auburn has used Joshua Holsey has started at free safety opposite Ruby Ford and Derrick Moncrief in Whitehead’s absence.
“The biggest thing this game were some busted assignment on explosive plays,” Johnson said of the secondary’s performance the last two weeks. “We’ve just got to get some communication cleaned up back there. Whitehead has been out of the lineup. That’s the most age and experience and some of the younger guys are just going to have to get more consistent.”
Auburn hosts Texas A&M on Saturday.