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Auburn offensive line likely to be short-handed against Idaho

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn waits for the replay official on a fumble loss to Georgia during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Georgia won 20-13.
Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn waits for the replay official on a fumble loss to Georgia during the second half of an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. Georgia won 20-13. AP Photo

The knee injury starting center Austin Golson suffered against Georgia likely will keep him out against Idaho Saturday.

“It's going to be tough on Austin to play this week,” Auburn coach Gus Malzhan said. “I know he'll want to and he'll try but I think it's going to be tough.”

Golson went down early in the third quarter, and spent the rest of the game at the trainer's table.

Malzahn praised the way senior lineman Devonte Danzey stepped in for Golson, and expects the 6-foot-2, 305-pounder to be ready if the Tigers need him again Saturday afternoon.

“Danzey is a guy that came in there and did a solid job for us on Saturday,” Malzahn said. “He started games last year. He's got a lot of experience. He's a savvy guy. He's been playing center for about five weeks. We feel very comfortable with him.”

Auburn left tackle Shon Coleman didn't miss any significant amount of snaps against Georgia, but he is another player Malzahn labeled as "banged up."

Coleman went down with a leg injury on Auburn's first series, but returned to the field on the Tigers' next possession, and finished the game.

”We'll see how this week goes,” Malzahn said, of Coleman’s status.

If Coleman were to miss any time, Robert Leff would be his replacement.

“Robert's had a very good year for us,” Malzahn said. “He's played some tackle, some tight end. When Shon went down the other day, he went in there, that was our scoring drive and we ran behind him a couple of times. He's really starting to play with more confidence. He's been a big positive for our offense this year.”

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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