AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn defensive backs Josh Holsey and Tray Matthews were both wearing orange non-contact jerseys during Tuesday's practice. Whatever the issues may have been, however, they aren't serious.
"Got a little nagged up Saturday," coach Gus Malzahn said in a post-practice interview Tuesday. "They should be OK."
Holsey and Matthews are merely the latest defensive backs added to this spring's injury list.
Corner Jonathan Jones has practiced sparingly, as he continues to deal with a lingering foot injury. Fellow corner T.J. Davis had knee surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament prior to Auburn going on spring break; when he will return is unknown. And early enrollee Tim Irvin, who has seen time at nickel, has had a soft cast on his left hand since the first week of the spring.
The Tigers' lack of numbers in the secondary — at corner especially — was a topic position coach Travaris Robinson touched on last week.
"At the end of the day, things happen and our motto is, 'Man down. Man up,'" Robinson said. "So another guy has got to step up. Once he steps up, we'll be ready to roll."
But Malzahn wasn't worried as it pertains to Saturday, as he believes the Tigers will be able to trot out a two-deep in the secondary.
"We’re hoping so," he said. "We’re planning on playing the game and letting our guys go."
Two of those being Holsey and Matthews.
"We’re just trying to be smart with them and get them to Saturday," Malzahn said.