Chandler Cox (above) has plenty of game experience for the Tigers.
Auburn, Ala.--Bolstering the depth at tight end/H-back was a priority in Auburn's 2017 football signee class and with a new coordinator calling the shots it will be interesting to see if this position plays a larger role in the offense.
The returnees include a pair of juniors, Chandler Cox and Jalen Harris, who will be working with a new position coach. Larry Porter, who made the move from the University of North Carolina where he coached running backs, replaces Scott Fountain as the coach for the tight ends/H-backs.
Cox, primarily a fullback/H-back, also worked at tailback in a limited role last season. He carried the football seven times for 15 yards and one touchdown plus he caught four passes for 41 yards.
With Kamryn Pettway moving to running back last year the depth behind Cox came from a pair of walk-ons--2016 freshman Spencer Nigh and Kennan Sweeney, who was a sophomore last fall.
Jalen Harris has played in 25 games for the Tigers.
Harris, primarily a tight end, was mostly used as a blocker, although he did score a pair of touchdowns on his two receptions in 2016.
Tucker Brown, a walk-on offensive lineman, saw some playing time at tight end last season as a sophomore.
A newcomer in the mix this spring is junior college transfer Sal Cannella, a 6-5, 225 sophomore from Scottsdale Community College in Arizona. He caught 29 passes for 449 yards and seven touchdowns in 2016 prior to transferring to Auburn in January.
The Tigers also signed a high school senior, John Samuel Shenker, from Colquitt County in Moultrie, Ga. Shenker, who is scheduled to join the team this summer, caught 30 passes for 451 yards last season and at 6-3, 238 is a player who could have the versatility to line up at tight end, H-back, fullback and even wide receiver.