AUBURN — Auburn fans could see T.J. Finley back on the field for the first time since Penn State when the Tigers exit the tunnel at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.
Finley has been out with an undisclosed shoulder injury following a hit in the second half of the Penn State game, leaving the reins to Robby Ashford.
“He’s getting better. He's still day to day, but he's improved,” said Auburn Head Coach Bryan Harsin when asked about Finley’s health. “You can see that now and we'll see how the rest of the week goes.”
After Zach Calzada was ruled out for the season with shoulder surgery, the quarterback position has been thin, with Robby Ashford and Holden Geriner, both freshmen, at the top of the depth chart.
Through three games, Finley completed 33 of his 53 passes, with 431 yards and one touchdown vs. four interceptions. Ashford has not been much better in relief, completing just 46% of his passes, along with three touchdowns and one interception.
The Tigers, on a two-game losing streak and facing the bulk of their SEC schedule on the horizon, are still focused on Ole Miss and turning the season around.
“You focus on every game. I mean, that's really, every year, there's what everybody considers to be the expectation for your team. But the reality of it is, it's really every single week,” Harsin said. “You go right back to preparing yourself to go play again, and control the things you can control.”
Auburn has only lost three times in Oxford and is looking to make it seven straight over the Rebels on Saturday. Kickoff at Oxford is scheduled for 11 a.m. CST.
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