Auburn's Austin Golson, left, and Peyton Barber celebrate a touchdown
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. — Try as he might, Auburn center Austin Golson just couldn't make his way back on the field after tweaking his knee against Georgia last Saturday.
Coach Gus Malzahn said Monday night he's not sure when Golson will return, now with a game against Idaho looming at 3 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium, and the annual Iron Bowl the Saturday after that at 2:30 p.m. in Jordan-Hare.
Devonte Danzey, a guard by trade, replaced Golson after the injury in the third quarter. Danzey has been working as the backup center since Xavier Dampeer was injured in October.
Malzahn called Golson "a tough guy" on the university's Tiger Talk radio show Monday night.
"He tried to go back on the sidelines and do some things, but he just couldn't," Malzahn said. "Hopefully, we'll get him back. I don't know the timetable for that. He's had a solid year. Anytime you lose your center, that's a concern."
Malzahn said Danzey has worked as the backup center for about four weeks.
"He started half the year last year at guard, so he's a savvy guy that we really trust," he said. "You always worry about the snaps getting back to the quarterback. I thought he did a very good job.
"This will be a good week for him."
The backup to the backup is guard Avery Young, who "is a guy who has also taken snaps from time to time."
• Malzahn said he thought quarterback Sean White was healthy enough to play against Georgia.
"Obviously, he wasn't close to 100 percent. We've got to get him healthy," Malzahn said.
Malzahn said starting quarterback Jeremy Johnson "did a solid job" in the game.
• Auburn needs a win to become bowl eligible.
"That's what is on our mind right now," Malzahn said. "We need to do that for our seniors, and we need to do that for the extra practice and the momentum. After that, we'll cross that bridge the next week, and we won't need a whole lot of motivation."
Because the next week is Alabama.
• Malzahn said the Auburn defense "really played good enough to win" against Georgia, and said freshman defensive back Stephen Roberts and sophomore DB Nick Ruffin turned in their second consecutive positive games.
"Those are two of the guys Coach Muschamp has been kind of waiting on to take that next step. Both of them have done that. They've done an outstanding job. That's great for the future."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine