Josh Holsey tore the ACL in his left knee and is out for the season, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said on Tuesday. It is the same ACL that the senior tore in the 2013 season.
Holsey was injured in the first quarter of Saturday’s overtime win against Jacksonville State. He was returning from a tweaked knee that limited his participation in Auburn’s opening win over Louisville in Week 1.
Auburn has been dealing with multiple injuries to its defense, including starters Tray Matthews, Justin Garrett and Carl Lawson. Auburn could get those players back before a crucial game against LSU this Saturday, but all are currently day-to-day with their injuries.
Will Muschamp was brought in to bolster the Tigers’ defense, but through two games they have allowed 421.5 yards of total offense per game. That ranks 90th in the nation. Opposing offenses have converted close to 50 percent of third downs, which ranks last in the SEC.
Auburn needs to get healthy to have any chance of competing for the SEC West, but the Tigers will have to do so without Holsey, a former standout at Creekside (Fairburn, Ga.) High School.
Made it out of surgery thanks for the love and support really really appreciate .
— Josh Holsey (@HeyItsJholsey) September 15, 2015