AUBURN, Ala. — Robenson Therezie's status for the early portion of Auburn's season is unknown.
On Thursday, defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said he was anxious about the depth chart at Star, the Tigers' hybrid linebacker/safety position. He declined to provide any details on why Therezie might miss time.
"We're a little nervous about our depth behind Justin (Garrett)," Johnson said. " Therezie right now, we're not sure he's going to be able to play early."
Therezie had a breakout season in 2013. After Garrett — who, at the time, was at the top of the Star depth chart — suffered a foot injury prior to the season opener, Therezie stepped in at Star and had a standout showing versus Washington State in his first career start, snagging two interceptions and recording seven tackles. That performance helped him earn the SEC's defensive player of the week award two days later. He went on to start all 14 games last season, finishing with 57 tackles and a team-high four interceptions.
Much is expected of the rising senior this fall, too, as Therezie was selected to the preseason All-SEC second-team at media days and was named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award, which is annually given to the nation's top defensive player.
But now, for one reason or another, the Tigers aren't sure when he'll be able to play this season.
"He just hasn't had a lot of reps, you know. He hadn't had a lot of practice reps," Johnson replied when asked to clarify Therezie's possible absence. "We're getting Justin ready and right now we've got to get some depth out there."