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Auburn's normally sturdy defense is struggling

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn's normally stingy defense is battling some issues these days.

The Tigers have health and depth problems going into Saturday's game with Kentucky. Cornerback Walt McFadden is nursing a right knee injury while defensive end Antonio Coleman has been playing with a cast on his right hand.

Four players have missed all six games with injuries.

Auburn (5-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) has allowed 1,414 yards in its last three games against major conference teams. The Tigers were rocked for 495 yards in a 44-23 loss at Arkansas last weekend, falling out of the Top 25 after a one-week cameo.

Auburn is ranked ninth in the SEC in pass and total defense and 10th in scoring and rushing defense.

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