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Projected 2016 Auburn Football Offensive Depth Chart And Analysis

Inside the Auburn Tigers projects what Auburn's first depth chart will look like for the opening football game of the 2016 season with analysis of each position group.

Auburn, Ala.--Less than two weeks until the Auburn Tigers take on Clemson in the football season opener on Sept. 3, Coach Gus Malzahn and his staff are still working to find the right players to put in the rotation. With that in mind we take a look at our projected depth chart for the offense with a breakdown of each position group.



13 Sean White (6-0, 200, So.)

5 John Franklin (6-1, 186, Jr.) or

6 Jeremy Johnson (6-5, 234, Sr.)

 This is still the biggest question remaining for the Tigers and while Sean White is still our pick to be the starter, both John Franklin and Jeremy Johnson have pushed him this preseason and have made this a tough call for the coaches. Coming back after a minor hand injury kept him out of action for almost a week's worth of practices, Johnson has been throwing the ball very well in practices. Franklin, a talented athlete, has has continued to improve his passing skills and knowledge of the offense since the spring. While White may be the starter, Franklin is likely to see action in the opener because of his running ability and speed. If Johnson continues to perform well in practice he could playing on opening night, too.



21 Kerryon Johnson (6-0, 211, So.)

36 Kamryn Pettway (6-0, 240, So.)

27 Chandler Cox (6-1, 232, So.)

9 Kameron Martin  (5-10, 177, Fr.) or

32 Malik Miller  (5-11, 229, Fr.)

 With the departure of projected starter Jovon Robinson, the job of starting running back falls to a bigger and stronger version of  Kerryon Johnson, but both Kamryn Pettway and Chandler Cox could also get carries as well to add between-the-tackles punch to the offense from a pair of bigger backs. With another big back in Malik Miller also capable of carrying the ball and Kameron Martin bringing the speed to the position, Auburn has a variety of ball carriers with different running styles.


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Kamryn Pettway will be counted on to play a big role for the Auburn offense.


27 Chandler Cox (6-1, 232, So.)

42 Keenan Sweeney (6-0, 237, So.)

99 Spencer Nigh (6-0, 272, Fr.)

Cox is definitely the first guy at this position and Pettway can still be used here if needed as well. Tight ends Jalen Harris and Landon Rice are both available to play there as well, but Keenan Sweeney and Spencer Nigh have both been a pleasant surprises in fall camp and give the Tigers additional depth at the position from a pair of players who joined the team as walk-ons.



73 Austin Golson (6-5, 314, Jr.)

78 Darius James (6-4, 320, Jr.)



70 Robert Leff (6-6, 299, Sr.)

75 Deon Mix (6-4, 315, Jr.)



63 Alex Kozan (6-4, 310, Sr.)

77 Marquell Harrell (6-3, 318 ,RFr.)

67 Tyler Carr (6-5, 318, RFr.)



71 Braden Smith (6-6, 314, Jr.)

64 Mike Horton (6-4, 331, RFr.)

67 Tyler Carr (6-5, 318, RFr.)



52 Xavier Dampeer (6-2, 310, Sr.)

73 Austin Golson (6-5, 314, Jr.)

54 Kaleb Kim (6-4, 290, RFr.)


The biggest news for the offensive line and Coach Herb Hand is that the starting five has remained intact since early in spring practice, an important part of the puzzle for successful line play. Xavier Dampeer has stepped in at center and had a strong camp, allowing Austin Golson to settle in at left tackle. Golson has taken some reps at center just in case he’s needed there, but his first job will remain at tackle. On the other side Robert Leff has picked up where he left off in the spring. In the middle Alex Kozan and Braden Smith combine to form one of the best guard tandems in the country. Redshirt freshman Mike Horton, who practiced at tackle last season, has made progress working at guard this year and could be the next man up on the OL if there is an injury and Smith's experience at tackle allows him to move outside if needed.

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 Xavier Dampeer and Herb Hand are shown at a preseason pratice.


44 Landon Rice (6-5, 253, Fr.) or

85 Jalen Harris (6-4, 259, So.)

 After going an entire season without a single reception from a tight end, Auburn has a pair of players at the position that should change that this season. A true sophomore that has continued to get better since arriving at Auburn, Harris has gained some much needed muscle since last season and that should help him be a better edge blocker. Already with the size and physicality to play as a freshman, Rice has good hands and should be a threat in the red zone.


80 Marcus Davis (5-9, 180, Sr.)

81 Darius Slayton (6-2, 191, RFr.)

3   Nate Craig (6-2, 204, Fr.)


Y Receiver

8 Tony Stevens (6-4, 212, Sr.)

17 Marquis McClain (6-2, 208, Fr.)

11 Kyle Davis (6-2, 219, Fr.)



83 Ryan Davis (5-9, 172, So.) or

12 Eli Stove (6-0, 177, Fr.)



4 Jason Smith (6-1, 188, Jr.)

10 Stanton Truitt (5-9, 185, So.)

33 Will Hastings (5-10, 172, So.)

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 Marcus Davis is in place to have his best season as an Auburn Tiger.

The rotation at the wide receiver positions will likely be something that changes throughout the year as four talented freshmen and several young players push a small group of veterans for playing time. Marcus Davis is a sure-fire starter heading into the season because of his experience and leadership skills with fellow senior Tony Stevens behind him as the veteran of the group. Despite missing practice time the past week with a knee problem, Stevens is a guy who has a chance to contribute this fall because of his height and athletic ability.

The same is true of Jason Smith. Making the conversion to full-time wide receiver last season, Smith showed glimpses of being a big-play threat late in the 2015 season and has picked up where he left off. He should be a top target this season. Behind him Stanton Truitt has the speed to be a weapon while part-time kicker Will Hastings is walk-on who could see action this season as well after showing the ability to get open and catch everything in sight this preseason.

From the freshman group Elijah Stove has been the most consistent of the foursome with Nate Craig also showing some signs. Marquis McClain is a physical player who is perhaps the best blocker of the group while Kyle Davis is still an unknown with his first full practice expected on Tuesday.



38 Daniel Carlson (6-4, 218, Jr.)

31 Sage Ledbetter (6-0, 183, Fr.)



29 Tyler Stovall (6-1, 212, Jr.)

91 Kevin Phillips (6-0, 185, Sr.)



69 Ike Powell (6-2, 264, Jr.)

68 Zach Wade (5-10, 218, So.)

Auburn's kicker, Daniel Carlson, is a potential All-American while his holder Tyler Stovall and deep snapper Ike Powell are proven performers. Those three players are reasons why the Tigers have a chance to be strong in the kicking game.

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