AUBURN, Ala. Freshman cornerback Johnathan Ford has been away from Auburn's practices this week due to what head coach Gus Malzahn said was a "family emergency."
Malzahn provided no further details on the situation.
Ford initially arrived at Auburn as a running back, but moved to corner during fall camp after Jonathan Jones broke a bone in his foot. The Big Cove, Ala., native has appeared in all eight of the Tigers' games this season, making five tackles and breaking up one pass. He has also had the opportunity to return to offense during Auburn's lopsided victories against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic. In those two contests, Ford has eight carries for 73 yards and one touchdown.
However, it's still up in the air whether he will travel with the the team this weekend, when it makes the trek to Fayetteville, Ark., to take on Arkansas.
"We dont know yet," Malzahn said. "He had a family emergency hes having to deal with. Thats all Id rather say."
Safety Josh Holsey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to Auburns game against Texas A&M two weeks ago, had surgery last Friday. To Malzahns knowledge, it was a successful procedure. It went very well, he said. Weakside linebacker Justin Garrett has not played since Auburns game against LSU on Sept. 21. Since then, hes been trying to recover from a fractured right foot. While a redshirt is still a possibility, Malzahn said a decision still not been reached. Itll probably be in the next few weeks," he said. "Theres no doubt about that.