AUBURN -- No. 24 Auburn will be without one of its defensive starters when it plays at No. 7 Texas A&M Saturday afternoon.
Sophomore safety Joshua Holsey, who started the Tigers first six games at boundary safety, tore the ACL in his knee at the end of Thursday’s practice and is out for the season, a source close to Holsey told AuburnUndercover.
Holsey is the third safety Auburn has lost this year. Junior Erique Florence left the team in the spring and transferred to Troy. Senior Demetruce McNeal was dismissed from the team in August following an arrest, and transferred to West Alabama.
Senior Ryan Smith, who has played in all six games this season including two starts, or junior walk-on Trent Fisher will replace Holsey in the starting lineup alongside junior field safety Jermaine Whitehead.
The Tigers are dangerously thin at the safety position. Fisher is listed as Holsey’s backup on the depth chart. True freshman safety Khari Harding played in his first career game against Western Carolina last Saturday.
Holsey won the starting job after moving from cornerback to safety during spring practice. Through six games, Holsey had 17 tackles, 0.5 tackles-for-loss, one interception, one pass breakup and two quarterback hurries.
Holsey played in all 12 games at cornerback as a true freshman last fall including six starts. He finished with 30 tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and six pass breakups.
Smith has 23 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup and one forced fumble this season.
Auburn has now lost three players to season-ending injuries this year. Senior defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker injured his knee during preseason practice and will redshirt this fall. Junior wide receiver Jaylon Denson injured his knee in the LSU game.
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