What the experts are saying about Auburn’s medical woes
Auburn is in crisis mode, but the school is not the only one struggling to stay afloat.
Here are the latest updates on the Auburn football program:What the experts say about Auburn athletic issues:Auburn is in trouble.
It was in trouble early in the season when injuries to three starting running backs led to an early exit from the SEC championship game.
Then the season unraveled when quarterback Matt Jones suffered a season-ending knee injury, and the Tigers lost to LSU in the Orange Bowl.
Now, Auburn is facing an exodus of talent and has lost star wide receiver DeAndre Washington to the NFL.
The Tigers are also struggling to keep its starting defensive line healthy.
But, for now, it’s safe to say the Tigers aren’t in a position to compete for a playoff berth.
The program has also been hampered by a rash of injuries to top players like quarterback DeShone Kizer, linebacker Zach Cunningham, defensive end David Bakhtiari and cornerback Marcus Adams.
The school’s woes are especially apparent with the departure of Jones, the top recruit in the state of Alabama.
But it’s not just Jones who has been on the decline.
Injuries to wide receiver A.J. Derby and cornerback DeMarcus Walker have left Auburn in the middle of a maelstrom.
Auburn will likely have to wait until 2019 to get back its top-rated recruit in a class that already includes three-star defensive tackle Dontari Poe, four-star offensive tackle Darrion Owens and three-stars safety T.J., who signed with LSU in May.
Auburn is also missing three top safeties in safeties Nick King and Dwayne Lewis and three linebackers in corner Darius White and defensive tackle Ryan Anderson.