By JOHN ZENOR
AP Sports Writer
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn coach Gus Malzahn says safety Demetruce McNeal will be back in the mix to retain his starting position for next season.
McNeal missed the last five spring practices for off-the-field issues, including the A-Day game. Malzahn said Wednesday that whatever kept McNeal off the field was "between me and him" but that it's now taken care of.
McNeal is a 20-game starter the past two seasons and finished second on the team with 90 tackles last season.
Malzahn didn't put McNeal among the top three players on the post-spring depth chart but says "he'll have a chance to get back on the field."
Malzahn also says quarterbacks Jonathan Wallace and Kiehl Frazier remain in "a dead heat" after spring. He says every position will be wide open in August.