Auburn moving Washington to safety

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is moving backup cornerback Demond Washington to strong safety to replace the injured Zac Etheridge.

Coach Gene Chizik said the Tigers could also still use Washington at cornerback. The junior college transfer had been the fifth defensive back in passing situations.

Etheridge sustained a season-ending neck injury in Saturday's game against Mississippi. He was released from the hospital Monday and Chizik said the junior was in good spirits and had seen some of his teammates.

Cornerback Walt McFadden said his understanding is that Etheridge could play again next season if the injury heals properly.

The Tigers have lost three starting defensive backs for the season with injuries.

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