Auburn football quick hits: Freshman corner Johnathan Ford deals with 'family emergency,' updates on Josh Holsey and Justin Garrett

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 30, 2013 

This file photo shows Auburn's Johnathan Ford during fall camp last. The rising sophomore's move from cornerback to safety has been going well according to coaches and teammates.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

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 don’t know yet," Malzahn said. "He had a family emergency he’s having to deal with. That’s all I’d rather say."

Quick hits

Safety Josh Holsey, who suffered a season-ending knee injury prior to Auburn’s game against Texas A&M two weeks ago, had surgery last Friday. To Malzahn’s knowledge, it was a successful procedure. “It went very well,” he said. … Weakside linebacker Justin Garrett has not played since Auburn’s game against LSU on Sept. 21. Since then, he’s been trying to recover from a fractured right foot. While a redshirt is still a possibility, Malzahn said a decision still not been reached. “It’ll probably be in the next few weeks," he said. "There’s no doubt about that.”

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