Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced via the Ledger-Inquirer that his team will be without offensive Guard Alex Kozan for the 2014 season. According to the Tigers coach, Kozan recently underwent back surgery,
“He injured his back while he was home lifting during the summer. He came back, we tried to rehab it, do some different things and he tweaked it. The doctors just felt like it was the best thing for him and his future to have surgery. He will miss the season.”
Kozan started all 14 games at left guard for the SEC champs Tigers last season, and was named a Freshman All-American by the Football Writers Association of America. Malzahn admitted that Kozan’s absence was
“a big blow for our guys up front.”
To make up for the loss of Kozan, coach Malzahn shared that Avery Young will likely move from tackle to guard. Patrick Miller and Shon Coleman, previously competing for one starting spot, could step in to both tackle spots and Dismukes will stay at center (3 year starter).
This is a huge blow for the Auburn and we shall see how this new line comes together.