MOBILE, Ala. — Following Auburn’s A-Day, Gus Malzahn was unsure of the severity of injuries suffered by a couple of the Tigers defensive backs.
Since the spring scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium, however, Jeremiah Dinson (shoulder) and Jordyn Peters (ankle) have jumped on the fast track to recovery, according to defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, who spoke at an Auburn Club event Monday evening.
“Nowadays rehab starts and rehab is work. You don’t want to rehab,” Steele said. “We’re expecting full recovery out of Dinson in time for fall camp. I don’t think there will be — obviously, the doctors will monitor that.”
For Peters, who played a considerable amount as a freshman in 2017, the injury was much less serious. Steele confirmed Malzahn’s report that Peters simply “tweaked” his ankle, but is expected to be fine for the fall.
“Jordan’s just got a sprained ankle, so he better be ready tomorrow,” Steele joked.
The veteran coordinator has learned not to be too concerned when it comes to injuries, whether they are suffered at some point in the fall or in the offseason. It’s something coaches can’t control, but simply have to navigate — even during a portion of the year where players aren’t hitting every day.
“No, that’s just, we’re in a collision sport and so, maybe I would have worried about it in 1982, but in 2018 I’ve seen too many snaps,” Steele said. “You hate injuries for the guys because they work so hard and then get dinged up. If a guy has an injury and then has another one, it’s just a freakish thing.”
After a season in which Auburn’s secondary was thin at times, Steele expects to have a good bit of depth this season.
“We’re in a position now where there’s going to be some good competition during fall camp from the two young guys at the safety position,” Steele said. “With (Smoke) Monday and (Jamien) Sherwood. That’ll help us.”