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Auburn freshman CB Jeremiah Dinson out for the season

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Auburn’s defensive depth in the secondary just got a bit more shallow. Freshman Jeremiah Dinson will miss the remainder of the season with a leg injury, Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Monday.

“That’s a tough deal,” Malzahn said on a radio show Monday, according to Al.com. “We won’t have him back this year. That was a tough one. He’s a great kid, an outstanding young man, had done a very good job as a true freshman.”

Dinson was injured in Auburn’s win against Texas A&M over the weekend after being hit by Aggies receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. The Texas A&M receiver was initially called for targetting, but officials reversed the call following a mandatory video review of the penalty. Dinson’s right leg was injured on the play and he was carted off the field as a result.

Dinson had 12 tackles in his limited playing time this season. He has been listed as the backup to both starters Carlton Davis and Jonathan Jones. He was also listed as the first backup to nickel Jonathan Ford, demonstrating how much Auburn trusted the freshman of stepping into various roles if needed. Auburn lost Josh Holsey to a torn ACL in mid-September. T.J. Davis underwent surgery for a torn ACL in the spring, but he has yet to return to the field for Auburn this season.