COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Auburn will be without starting strong safety Josh Holsey for Saturday's game against No. 7 Texas A&M.
The sophomore's absence is reportedly due to a knee injury suffered during Thursday's practice. The news was first reported by AuburnUndercover.com on Saturday. A team source later confirmed this, and Holsey did not step off the bus during the team's Tiger Walk.
With Holsey out, Ryan Smith was announced as the starter at boundary safety prior to the game. The senior has made two starts this season, and for the year, has 23 tackles along with an interception and a pass breakup. Junior Trent Fisher may see more snaps as well.
Holsey, who has also seen time at corner during his career, has also played at linebacker in the Tigers' dime packages and was expected to be a big part in trying to contain Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.
The injury makes Holsey the third safety the Tigers have lost since the spring. Since then, both Erique Florence and Demetruce McNeal are no longer with the team.
A pair of other notes prior to kickoff are below.
- Avery Young will start in Patrick Miller's place at right tackle for the second straight weeK while Kris Frost moved into the starting lineup at middle linebacker, replacing Jake Holland.
- Tight end Brandon Fulse and corner Jonathan Jones both made the trip and practiced with the team during warmups. The status of both was uncertain Wednesday, as Fulse missed last week's game with off-field issue and Jones was battling an injury.