KAMRYN PETTWAY (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Projected Auburn Football Post-Spring Depth Chart: A Look At The Tigers On Offense

A look at Inside The Auburn Tigers' projections for the post-spring football chart on offense for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--With Auburn’s spring practices done there is plenty of work still left to be done for Coach Gus Malzahn’s football team before taking the field against Georgia Southern on Sept. 2 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

On offense that means plenty of individual work as players try to solidify starting spots once preseason practices open.

With the focus on improvement in the passing game at the quarterback and wide receiver positions under new coordinator Chip Lindsey, the Tigers made some strides in the spring. With that in mind we take a look at Inside The Auburn Tigers projected post-spring depth chart on offense:

 

Quarterback

So. Jarrett Stidham or

Jr. Sean White

Fr. Malik Willis or

RFr. Woody Barrett

 

It’s difficult to watch Auburn’s spring practices and not think that Jarrett Stidham is going to be the starter when the season opens, but Sean White will have something to say about that before it’s final. While White showed that his arm was back to close to full strength in the spring, in the end it’s going to be very tough to knock off Stidham at this point. Early high school graduate Malik Willis really impressed in the spring and looks like a player for the Tigers down the road.

MALIK WILLIS (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

 Malik Willis performed well in his first A-Day game.

Running Back

Jr. Kamryn Pettway

Jr. Kerryon Johnson

RFr. Malik Miller or

So. Kamryn Martin or

So. C.J. Tolbert

 

With Auburn fully aware of what Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson can do, much of the spring was spent trying to find a solid number three before signees Devan Barrett and Alaric Williams arrive on campus. Walk-on C.J. Tolbert was probably the most consistent of the guys behind Pettway and Johnson, but Malik Miller had a strong finish to the spring as well.

 

Fullback/H-Back

Jr. Chandler Cox

So. Spencer Nigh

 

Two seasons in the system and in Ryan Russell’s strength and conditioning program have Chandler Cox much more prepared to handle the physical rigors of playing the position and with the offense now more focused on throwing the football it brings his athleticism even more to the forefront. A former defensive tackle, Spencer Nigh is a load as a lead blocker and should help this team.

 

Tight End

Jr. Jalen Harris

So.Sal Cannella

 

There is no question that Auburn is better at the tight end position now than last season, but it still remains to be seen how much Jalen Harris and Sal Cannella will be involved in Lindsey’s offense. More physical and continuing to improve as a receiver, Harris should have more than his two catches from a year ago. A guy who looks like a big wide receiver at the moment, Cannella has great hands and could be a big weapon in the red zone.

 

Wide Receiver

So. Eli Stove or

Jr. Ryan Davis

Sr. John Franklin

 

Wide Receiver

So. Darius Slayton or

So. Nate Craig

RFr. Marquis McClain

So. Kyle Davis (missed spring)

 

Wide Receiver

Jr. Ryan Davis or

Jr. Will Hastings

Sr. John Franklin

 

The wide receiver position was in constant flux throughout spring practice with guys moving around for Coach Kodi Burns looking for the best fit at each spot. That should continue early in preseason camp, but there is no question that Darius Slayton, Nate Craig and Will Hastings helped themselves as much as anyone in the spring. If Kyle Davis returns and can hit the ground running it will only make a young but impressive group even stronger heading into next season.

 

Left Tackle

Sr. Darius James

So. Prince Tega Wanagho Jr.

 

Left Guard

So. Marquel Harrell

Fr. Brodarious Hamm

Sr. Austin Golson

 

Center

Sr. Austin Golson

So. Kaleb Kim

 

Right Guard

So. Mike Horton

Sr. Braden Smith

So. Tyler Carr

 

Right Tackle

Sr. Braden Smith

Sr. Darius James

RFr. Prince Sammons or

So. Bailey Sharp

 

Much like the wide receiver position, Auburn’s offensive line was in motion throughout spring practice and with the additions of grad transfers Wilson Bell from Florida State and Casey Dunn from Jacksonville State things could become even crazier heading into the preseason. Throw in five-star tackle Calvin Ashley and things could look much different for this group come opening day.

Photo by Jason Caldwell

Braden Smith was a second team All-American as a junior guard.

One of the biggest questions is where does Braden Smith line up as a senior. Working at right tackle throughout the spring, Smith could stay outside, but if Prince Tega Wanogho Jr. steps up his play it could allow Darius James to move to the right side and slide Smith back inside. There will be lots of moving parts for Coach Herb Hand in the preseason.

 

Kicker

Sr. Daniel Carlson

RFr. Sage Ledbetter


It’s hard to be more solid at any position maybe anywhere in the country than Auburn is at kicker with All-American Daniel Carlson back for his senior year. Redshirt freshman Sage Ledbetter has talent and could get the job done if called upon.


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