Josh Holsey To Miss Rest Of the Season

Versatile Josh Holsey, who plays cornerback, nickel and safety, is out of action due to a knee injury.

Auburn entered the 2015 football season short on experienced depth in the secondary and that part of the defense has taken a hit with senior Josh Holsey being lost for the season after suffering an ACL injury in game two.

“He re-tore his ACL on Saturday and is out for the year,” Coach Gus Malzahn said. “That is a tough blow. He is an outstanding young man. This is the second time he has went through this. We are definitely feeling for him.”

Malzahn said the other injured Tigers are “day to day” as his team returns to practice on Tuesday evening preparing for the SEC opener on Saturday at LSU.

“We are always talking to our team about the next man up,” Malzahn said when asked about dealing with injuries. “We are going to be counting on some young guys. We just need some young guys to step up and grow up pretty quick.”

Josh Holsey has played in 33 games at Auburn and has 20 career starts at cornerback or safety.

Malzahn said there hasn’t been a decision made yet on whether Holsey will try to take a medical hardship redshirt and return for the 2016 season. “We are going to talk through all of that,” the coach said. “It is tough on him and he is one of our team leaders, too. I know a lot of his teammates are hurting for him--not just on the field, but for the type of person he is.”

Junior safety Rudy Ford noted that losing Holsey is a blow to the team. "I talked to him this morning," Ford said. "I told him I was praying for him and hoping for a speedy and good recovery.

"That's a tough loss," Ford said. "He's very smart and intelligent guy. He brings a lot to our defense, a lot of motivation. That's very sad what happened to him. We're just praying for him and I wish him the best of the luck and speedy recovery."

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