Auburn Football: Two-Deep Depth Chart Released
QB Kiehl Frazier
RB Onterio McCaelebb
FB Jay Prosch
WR Emory Blake
WR Trovon Reed or Travante Stallworth
WR Quan Bray
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen
LT Greg Robinson
LG John Sullen
C Tunde Fariyike
RG Chad Slade
RT Avery Young
DE Dee Ford
DT Angelo Blackson
DT Jeff Whitaker
DE Corey Lemonier
SLB Jonathan Evans
MLB Jake Holland
WLB Daren Bates
CB Chris Davis
FS Ryan Smith
SS Jermanie Whitehead
CB Ryan White
PK Cody Parkey
P Steven Clark
H Ryan White
DS Jake Lembke
KR Trovon Reed
PR Quan Bray
The Tigers 2012 depth chart screams youth. After a top-10 signing class left Auburn will high hopes entering the season, it appears some of the recruits that made the class significant will get a chance to play immediate.
Young, a true freshman, is backed up by another true freshman, Patrick Miller, at right tackle. True freshman Alex Kozan is behind Sullen, a senior, who is also listed as the backup center.
Seniors McCalebb, Blake and Lutzenkirchen provide the most experience on offense and their production will assistance the sophomore Frazier into his new role easier.
Defensively, the front four could not be more solid. Despite youth in sophomores Blackson and backup Gabe Wright, all other impact players are juniors. Holland will have a lot on his plate after losing his starting spot last season because of not playing well after an injury. Bates and Evans, both seniors, have been helping the junior on the field. However, there is little depth at linebacker, with sophomores Justin Garrett and redshirt freshman Kris Frost as reserves.
The secondary received a lot of hype during camp. Tuesday morning, Coach Gene Chizik said White and Whitehead were communicating well and specifically said Whitehead, a sophomore, is a very smart player and knows the defense well.
Juniors Smith and Davis have played strong at the defensive back position and have experienced players Jonathan Mincy and T’Sharvan Bell behind them.
Auburn is young. There’s no denying that. However, after Chizik said every starting position was open entering fall camp, he did not lie. Young earned his spot by entering camp with the mentality he was going to start, and he is starting. While still talented, the main question on the minds of the coaching staff and fans is whether the talent turns into success on the field.
Lastly, Shon Coleman, is running second string behind Robinson at left tackle. Writing the script for one of the best stories of the summer, the redshirt freshman is back playing football after spending the past two year fighting leukemia.
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