Auburn safety Tray Matthews “should be able to go” against his former team this weekend
Auburn’s defense came up with its best performance of the season in Saturday’s 26-10 win over Texas A&M, but the Tigers played without starting safety Tray Matthews and lost freshman defensive back Jeremiah Dinson to a leg injury during the game.
“He’s (Dinson) out,” Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp told reporters Sunday night. “Gus (Malzahn) will address that more on Tuesday, but he’s definitely out.”
Dinson was carted off the field after a hard blindside block by Texas A&M wide receiver Ricky Seals-Jones. Targeting was initially called on the play, but it was reversed after further review.
The prognosis on Matthews is more encouraging after he was limited in practice with an ankle injury last week.
“I think he’ll be fine,” Muschamp said. “Based on tonight I would think he’d be able to go (against Georgia).”
Matthews will likely be eager to play against the Bulldogs, with whom Matthews began his college career before transferring to Auburn after his freshman season. Georgia and Auburn fans will remember Matthews’ role in a certain tipped pass from the 2013 season.
Muschamp also updated the status of junior defensive lineman Devaroe Lawrence, who played through an ankle injury against Texas A&M. He had three tackles and one quarterback hurry.
“His ankle has bothered him, but he has progressed each week and done very well,” Muschamp said.
Auburn will host Georgia at noon ET this Saturday.