Auburn’s youthful secondary may add some much-needed experience with the potential return of junior defensive back T.J. Davis this weekend.
“He’s been practicing for two or three weeks,” coach Gus Malzahn said on the SEC teleconference Wednesday. “It’s a matter of him getting confidence.”
Malzahn did not rule out Davis, who returned to practice after sustaining a torn ACL in March, from playing Saturday against San Jose State.
The Tigers started true freshmen Carlton Davis and Jeremiah Dinson this past Saturday at cornerback against Mississippi State.
Auburn’s defense struggled in the team’s first three games of the season, but held Mississippi State to just 17 points, including only a field goal in the second half. However, both of Mississippi State’s touchdowns came through the air.
The secondary lost depth after a season-ending ACL injury to senior defensive back Josh Holsey against Jacksonville State, so the Tigers would benefit from having Davis back in the lineup.
He has played in 25 games the past two seasons, including 12 in 2013 when Auburn went to the BCS National Championship game.
Gus on CB TJ Davis: "He's been practicing for 2 or 3 weeks. It's a matter of him getting confidence." Not ruling out a return this week.
— Tom Green (@AUBlog) September 30, 2015