Auburn, Ala.--Without senior cornerback Josh Holsey for the rest of the season following another knee injury, the Auburn Tigers should be getting some help soon with Coach Gus Malzahn saying on Wednesday that T.J. Davis could possibly back as early as next week.
A player that was impressive early in spring practices before a knee injury and subsequent surgery sidelined him, Davis’ addition would be a big one for the Tigers and Malzahn said things are looking good for him to be back soon.
“We’re hoping to have him back pretty quick,” Malzahn said. “We’re not going to have him back this week for sure, but next week is a possibility. Nothing has changed timetable-wise. Everything has gone well. When we do get him back that will be a good addition.
“We lost one of our veteran guys so any addition right there would help with depth,” he added. “That’s what you’re concerned about.”
Without Holsey and Blake Countess (ejection) last week Auburn’s secondary was forced to use three true freshmen for much of the game with Tim Irvin the first-team nickel and Carlton Davis jumping into the first-team role at cornerback. Jeremiah Dinson also got plenty of reps as well for a defense that was also without starters Carl Lawson up front and Tray Matthews at safety.
Auburn is hoping for good news before next weekend however and that would mean getting Lawson and/or Matthews on the field this weekend in the SEC opener at LSU on Saturday. Both are still questionable for this week according to Malzahn and the coach said Lawson has at least been at practice this week.
“He’s been out there,” Malzahn said of Lawson. “He’s kind of day-to-day, so we will haven’t made a decision.”
Facing some injury situations early in the season has meant plenty of new faces on defense and in turn hurt the continuity of the 11 guys on the field. That has meant mistakes here or there, leading to some struggles getting off the field on third down. Malzahn said no matter who is playing for the Auburn defense this weekend that’s going to be a key.
“The number of plays will be a factor,” Malzahn said. “I think it’s two things; we’ve got to get off the field on third down and the offense can’t turn the ball over. We’ve got to hold onto the ball more.
“It’s going to be hot and humid, and the number of plays will be a factor.”
Auburn will face LSU at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday in the SEC opener for Malzahn’s club. The game can be seen nationally on CBS.