Auburn Tigers Linebackers Fit Comfortably Into New Scheme

By Jeff Everette
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There are so many changes taking place around the Auburn Tigers, it is no surprise to see the linebackers get a dose of the new system, too. For them, it is the shift from last season’s 4-3, to new defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson’s 4-2-5 look.

It will be an easy transition for the Tigers, but the question really is who will be the two that hold down the starting spot?

Last season, Jake Holden and Cassanova Mckinzy were the guys that won their spots. It was a rough year for the entire Auburn team, so their inconsistency cannot be truly placed on their shoulders. There were moments the two played well, and others where they deserved to be pulled. They will have spring practices and the summer programs to prove where they are in the pecking order.

These two know what it is all about and should welcome the competition.

The biggest threat to their positions would likely be Justin Garrett, or possibly even Kris Frost. A junior and a sophomore respectively, these two have the talent and the fire to make a move this season, pushing their way into the starting line up on a consistent basis.

Regardless of who it is that finally puts their name on the field, the fight for the position is what it is all about. The guys they have can all play the position, and coach Johnson has been around a very long time. He knows how to get the most out of his players and it is the competition that will help heal the team of the embarrassment that lingers from last season.

Let the warriors battle it out, put their hearts into it and come out a solidified linebacking unit. It will be good for them and great for the team. It is just another example of the way things are changing for the Tigers in 2013.


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