The Auburn Tigers were on the brink of winning the 2013 BCS National Championship but came up short. This season, they will be looking to defend their SEC title and get into the inaugural College Football Playoff in 2014. They return plenty of talent on both sides of the ball to get it done, but face some uncertainty now on the defensive side of the ball after three-year starting cornerback Jonathon Mincy was arrested and charged with second-degree marijuana possession on Friday.
Mincy has been a staple for the Tigers defense over the years and emerged as a leader for the team. Last season, he recorded 56 tackles, an interception, and finished second on the team with 14 pass breakups as he helped lead Auburn to the SEC title and a National Championship berth. This spring, Mincy as named to the 2014 Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List, which is given annually to a defensive player who makes the biggest impact on and off the field.
During spring practice, head coach Gus Malzahn singled out Mincy as someone who was ready to be a leader of this team heading into 2014. Malzahn said that Mincy was “a guy that we’ll rely on to really lead that back end, specifically that corner position.” That position of leadership on the team and position on the Lott Watch List now looks in doubt after his arrest. While details are still murky, there will undoubtedly be repercussions for running into trouble.
While we will have to wait to see what kind of punishment gets handed down to Mincy from the team, it is apparent that there will be consequences. Whether it’s a couple of games of a loss of his leadership position, Mincy’s position on the Auburn defense is now in doubt heading into 2014.