Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp said Sunday that the early prognosis for Josh Holsey “didn’t look go.”
Those fears were confirmed Tuesday afternoon by coach Gus Malzahn when he announced that the defensive back re-tore the ACL in his left leg, and is out for the year.
“That's a tough blow,” Malzahn said. “He's an outstanding young man. Second time he's went through this. We're definitely feeling for him.”
The 5-foot-11, 198-pounder previously injured the same ACL in a game against Texas A&M as a sophomore. It was a set back for the Georgia native who played in everyone of the Tigers games as a true freshman.
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After working his way back into the lineup, and starting seven games last year, he was listed on the depth chart heading into week two as Auburn’s backup corner. He was also in the mix at nickel.
“I talked to him this morning,” fellow defensive back Rudy Ford said. “ I told him I was praying for him and hoping for a speedy and good recovery. That's a tough loss. He's very smart and intelligent guy. He brings a lot to our defense, a lot of motivation."
The nickel spot is where Holsey ended up starting against Jacksonville St. He suffered the injury four minutes into the game trying to break up a pass on the sidelines.
“He's one of our team leaders, too,” Malzahn said. “I know a lot of his teammates are hurting for him, not just on the field but the type of person he is. He's still going to be a part of this team. He's still going to be a leader. He's an outstanding young man who represents us the right way. He was looking for a big year.”
Holsey could apply for a medical redshirt waiver to gain a fifth year of eligibility, but Malzahn said those discussions haven’t happened yet.
“We'll talk next week,” Malzahn said. “He's struggling right now and just disappointed. We'll do whatever's best for him.”