AUBURN, Ala. — Cameron Toney was a bystander during Auburn's practice on Tuesday. Afterward, coach Gus Malzahn confirmed Toney sat out the session. Though Malzahn declined to provide any specifics, he at least acknowledged Toney's absence stemmed from an injury, not an off-field issue or violation of team rules.
The ailment, while apparently minor in nature, has still left the rising third-year sophomore's availability for Saturday's A-Day game in question.
"We’re hoping that he’ll be ready," Malzahn said. "I think there’s a chance that he’ll be able to play Saturday."
After two years with the Tigers, Toney is still trying to find his footing. In 2013, he redshirted. Last year, he appeared in one game — which came against San Jose State — and registered two tackles, both assisted. The team also experimented playing Toney on offense; a linebacker by trade, he moved to H-back last September.
But this spring, Toney is back at linebacker, taking reps at the strongside spot. He has also seen time at Buck, the Tigers' new hybrid defensive end/linebacker position in Will Muschamp's scheme.