AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn's H-back corps has been dealt yet another blow.
Patrick Young, a senior walk-on, injured his knee and will be out for the foreseeable future, Gus Malzahn announced following Tuesday's practice.
"That was kind of a tough deal," the coach said. "Patrick Young hurt his knee ... (and was) a guy that’s really been phenomenal for our program and was finally in a spot where he was going to get a chance to help us."
Young has been with the team since 2011, redshirting that season as the Tigers finished 8-5 and beat Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. In 2012, he appeared in Auburn's victory versus Alabama A&M and saw action against Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic last season.
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With Jay Prosch now a member of the Houston Texans, the Tigers have been searching for his replacement at H-back. Brandon Fulse and C.J. Uzomah have been at the top of the depth chart, but Young was fighting alongside Gage Batten, true freshman Jakell Mitchell and fellow walk-ons Hunter Wood and Kyle Sitzler for the remaining reps.
Last week, it was revealed Batten had suffered an undisclosed injury and is out indefinitely.
Losing Young hasn't made things any easier.
"He’s battled through," Malzahn said. "We’re very proud of him and he’s still going to be a big part of what we’re doing. He’s been on the scout team for three years, then he gets to be a senior — it’s pretty tough. We’re definitely thinking about him."