Josh Holsey injury: Auburn DB reportedly out with torn ACL

Michael Chang

The Tigers will be missing a key defensive back against Texas A&M and for the remainder of the year.

Auburn safety Josh Holsey tore his ACL during Thursday's practice and is out for the year, per Bryan Matthews of Auburn Undercover. Holsey reportedly did not travel for the Tigers' game at Texas A&M.

The 5'11, 197-pound sophomore played at cornerback during his freshman season, but due to some depth issues, he's started at boundary safety this year. Holsey was expected to play a key role at safety and corner in Auburn's dime package against A&M, as the Tigers spread out in an attempt to slow down Aggies quarterback Texas A&M.

With Holsey out, Ryan Smith will move into the starting boundary safety role, according to Jay G. Tate of auburnsports.com. Expect cornerback Ryan White safety Khari Harding to receiver more playing time, as well.

In six games this year, Holsey recorded 17 tackles, two quarterback hurries, a pass breakup and a half tackle for loss.

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