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Auburn safety Robenson Therezie has eligibility issues

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Robenson Therezie was a preseason second-team All-SEC pick after leading his team with four picks in 2013.

Senior Robenson Therezie, a returning starter at Auburn's hybrid "star" position, has eligibility issues and could miss a few games.

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Therezie (5-foot-9, 212 pounds) was the starter at a hybrid outside linebacker/safety spot, and despite his lack of size, he is physical and a big hitter. Last season was his first as a starter -- he also has played safety and tailback for the Tigers -- and he led Auburn with four interceptions and was fifth with 57 tackles.

"We're working through some eligibility issues right now with him," coach Gus Malzahn told reporters Saturday. "We should know more in the near future, and when we find out, I'll definitely let you know. But that's all I'm going to say about that."

Malzahn did not get into specifics about the "eligibility issues."

Therezie would be replaced in the starting lineup by junior Justin Garrett (6-1, 224), who suffered through foot injuries last season. He's not as good in coverage as Therezie, but might be better against the run. Auburn's secondary was an issue last season and could be so again this fall. If Therezie is out, Auburn will have just one returning starter -- free safety Jermaine Whitehead -- in the five-man secondary on the field at the start of the Arkansas game Aug. 30. Jonathon Mincy, Auburn's best corner, returns this season, but Malzahn already has announced he won't start against the Razorbacks as a result of an offseason transgression. Mincy is likely to play, though.

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