Auburn football: No decision on Justin Garrett, status 'still up in the air'

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comNovember 12, 2013 

Auburn's Justin Garrett is relieved to be back on the field after an injury-plagued 2013 campaign.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Todd J. Van Emst

AUBURN, Ala. — Junior linebacker Justin Garrett has only played in two games this season.

The last time he made an appearance came against LSU on Sept. 21. Since then, he has been dealing with a foot fracture he suffered just before the week of the Ole Miss contest.

Despite his extended absence and lack of game action this year, Gus Malzahn said the team still hasn’t reached a decision on whether Garrett will take a medical redshirt.

“It's still up in the air,” the coach said when asked about Garrett’s status.

The Atlanta native began the season as the Tigers’ starter at the “Star”, but sat out the first two games of the year with a left foot sprain. That allowed Robenson Therezie to step in and establish himself at the position, and upon Garrett’s return to health, Auburn moved him to linebacker, the spot where he made his four tackles (two each against Mississippi State and LSU) in 2013.

Two weeks ago, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said if it were up to him, Garrett would go ahead and take a redshirt. However, he said the coaching staff also needed to respect Garrett’s wishes.

“If he all the sudden feels great, he could play two or three games and a bowl game, maybe that would be worth it,” Johnson said. “He’ll get some say on it. … (But) I certainly don’t think he should throw a year away to play a game or two.”

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