Projected Defensive Depth Chart For Opening Night

Inside the Auburn Tigers previews the players AU fans will be watching in action vs. Georgia Tech.

Auburn, Ala.--With 10 days until the season opener vs. Georgia Tech, Tommy Tuberville hasn't named a starting lineup for his Auburn football Tigers.

The head coach says he will probably announce that next week. Based on nearly four weeks of practices, this is a look at a possible two-deep defensive depth for the Tigers on opening night vs. the Yellow Jackets.

PROJECTED DEFENSE TWO-DEEP

STRONGSIDE END

54 Quentin Groves (6-3, 249, So.) or

48 Marquies Gunn (6-4, 258, Jr.)


Tommy Jackson is expected to be a key player for the 2005 Auburn defense.

NOSEGUARD

58 Tommy Jackson (6-1, 310, Sr.)

97 Josh Thompson (6-0, 301, So.)


TACKLE

96 Wayne Dickens (6-1, 293, Sr.)

91 Neil Brown (6-2, 264, So.)or

94 Sen'Derrick Marks (6-2, 273, Fr.) or

95 Pat Sims (6-4, 302, RFr.)


WEAKSIDE END

75 Stanley McClover (6-2, 258, So.)

92 Christopher Browder (6-5, 254, Jr.)


STRONGSIDE LINEBACKER

40 Kevin Sears (6-4, 238, Jr.) or

21 Karibi Dede (6-1, 220, Jr.)


MIDDLE LINEBACKER

51 Travis Williams (6-1, 216, Sr.)

59 Chris Evans (6-0, 215, Fr.)


WEAKSIDE LINEBACKER

31 Antarrious Williams (5-11, 213, Sr.)

10 Tray Blackmon (6-0, 192, Fr.)

55 Merrill Johnson (6-1, 206, RFr.)*


CORNERBACK

4 David Irons (6-1, 189, Sr.)

24 Jonathan Wilhite (5-11, 171, So.) or

14 Lorenzo Ferguson (6-1, 203, RFr.)


STRONG SAFETY

33 Eric Brock (6-1, 213, So.)

26 Steve Gandy (6-1, 202, RFr.)


FREE SAFETY

35 Will Herring (6-4, 215, Jr.)

49 Kevin Hobbs (6-0, 195, Sr.) or

3 Tony Bell (6-2, 206, So.)


STRONGSIDE CORNERBACK

20 Patrick Lee (6-0, 198, So.) or

19 Montae Pitts (6-3, 200, Jr.)


PUNTER

30 Kody Bliss (5-11, 179, Jr.)

13 Patrick Martyn (5-10, 198, RFr.)


*Injured and not expected to play opening night.


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