Before Auburn heads into SEC play this week at LSU, Auburn had some unfortunate news on the injury report to share. Defensive back Josh Holsey will miss the remainder of the 2015 season after tearing his ACL in Auburn’s overtime victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday.
“We’re going to talk through all that,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said, according to Al.com. “It’s tough on him. He’s one of our team leaders, too, and I know a lot of his teammates are hurt for him.”
Holsey’s loss is a hit to the depth at the position. The senior has appeared in each of Auburn’s first tow games of the season, although he carried a limited role. He was not on the field for much of Auburn’s season-opening win in Atlanta against Louisville, but he did start for the Tigers against Jacksonville State. He has not recorded a tackle in either game.
Holsey started seven games for Auburn in 2014, with one interception. He could be eligible for a medical redshirt since he has not used a redshirt in his four years at Auburn. It is not known if he will pursue that option just yet. If he does choose to apply for one, the NCAA will have to grant approval for an extra year of eligibility.
Five different Auburn defensive players have been hit or limited with injuries this spring for the defending SEC champions.
According to Al.com,senior defensive back Robenson Therezie has a broken left hand,sophomore defensive lineman Elijah Daniel is out with a groin injury,sophomore linebacker JaViere Mitchell is missing the spring while still rehabbing from a broken foot suffered during the SEC Championship Game against Missouri, and junior linebacker Cassanova McKinzy is limited due to a bruised hip bone. Auburn is also playing it safe with junior safety Josh Holsey, who is working his way back from a torn ACL. The report says he could be practicing right now, but there is no need to rush him back at this point.
With the injuries this spring, Auburn has had to move some players around to fill holes. One defensive move made was moving defensive tackle Montravius Adams to the end to fill the hole left by Daniel. Defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson does not believe this will be a permanent move, which means Adams will go back to the inside once Daniel is back and ready to go. Justin Garrett, who had a foot injury slow him down a year ago, has been moving between linebacker spots, and he has been showing some promise.
“Justin has been very unselfish,” Johnson said, according to Al.com. “I hope he can return to the Justin Garrett we remember from last spring.”