Auburn’s defense will be down a starter against Georgia Saturday night.

Starting cornerback Jaylin Simpson won’t play against the Bulldogs due to an injury, the Auburn Network announced during the pregame. Losing Simpson is a big deal for the Tigers’ defense.

He limped off late in the game against Kentucky last Saturday.

Simpson was named the SEC Freshman of the Week for his play against the Wildcats. He recorded 4 tackles and one pass breakup. The cornerback had a stellar preseason camp, too.

“He has some natural football instincts,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said about Simpson. “We put him at corner right off the bat and you could tell that each day he improved.

“He can flat-out run, he’s got really good ball skills, and he’s a good tackler. He really stepped up. He made an early impression and kept that momentum going throughout fall camp.”