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Auburn center Austin Golson injured in loss to Georgia

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn center Austin Golson left Saturday’s game against Georgia with an undisclosed injury on the opening drive of the second half.

The training staff was seen working on the sophomore’s right knee. Golson spent the rest of the game at the trainer’s table, and was replaced by Devonte Danzy.

“That is a big blow anytime you have your center making the calls and all of that,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said.

Danzy quickly warmed up when Golson went down, practicing snaps with both Jeremy Johnson and Sean White.

“I thought Devonte Danzey stepped in and his snaps were good, and that is what you always worry about when you lose your center,” Malzahn said.

Malzahn didn’t have any information about the extent of Golson’s injury, just that the 6-foot-5, 304-pound sophomore wasn’t healthy enough to return to the game.

Golson struggled at times early in the season, but his play had picked up in recent weeks as he gained familiarity, and experience at the position.

The coaching staff praised Golson’s performance against his former team Ole Miss, calling it his “best overall” game.

“They (Ole Miss) did some things up front that definitely caught your attention, so for him to have his best game against that group, I thought that really said some things that could give him some confidence the rest of the year," Malzahn said. "You keep in mind this is his first year playing center, so that was very encouraging.”

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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