AUBURN, Ala. — When asked point-blank about Jonathon Mincy's role in the season opener, Ellis Johnson declined to comment on Thursday.
"I will defer anything other than how good of a player he is to the head coach," Auburn's defensive coordinator said in a post-practice interview. "What exactly he’s going to do that first game, I don’t know all the details. I know he’s not going to start, and we've got a plan for that.”
Mincy was arrested for second-degree marijuana possession June 27 outside of Abbeville, Ala. He has already been accepted into a pretrial diversion program that will wipe the charges off his record provided he completes it without incident.
As part of his punishment, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said the senior corner will not be in the starting lineup for the opener versus Arkansas on Aug. 30.
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Johnson said any further discipline for Mincy will be handled solely by Malzahn.
"It’s the head coach’s control and discretion," he said.