48 Marquies Gunn (6-4, 270, Sr.)--A returning starter who had a preseason injury setback, he looks ready to play at full speed in the opener.
92 Christopher Browder (6-4, 267, Sr.)--A player having his best preseason, he made the move back to end after playing tackle in the spring.
54 Quentin Groves (6-3, 254, Jr.)--The quick end is having his best preseason.
45 Antonio Coleman (6-2, 249, RFr.)--A player who has improved a lot in the last year, he should be a pass rushing threat.
97 Josh Thompson (6-0, 302, Jr.)--The team's strongest player, he looks ready to take over for T.J. Jackson in the middle.
99 Tez Doolittle (6-3, 298, Jr.)--One of Auburn's more improved players since last year, he looks ready to contribute after not being a factor in previous seasons.
95 Pat Sims (6-4, 314, So.)--A talented player who stepped up in spring drills after leaving the team last fall, he has continued to improve in the preseason.
94 Sen'Derrick Marks (6-1, 287, RFr)--He has made major strength and size gains in the past year.
35 Will Herring (6-3, 220, Sr.)--Auburn's most experienced defensive player, he is making his first start at linebacker after three seasons of starts at free safety.
42 Patrick Trahan (6-2, 217, RFr.)--A player who has significantly improved this preseason compared to his play in the spring.
Merrill Johnson is known as a physical player.
55 Merrill Johnson (6-0, 208, So.)--After missing the spring with an injury, he has performed well in preseason after moving from weakside LB to the middle.
56 Courtney Harden (6-0, 230, So.)--Injuries and suspensions have opened the door for playing time.
59 Chris Evans (6-0, 217, So.)--After a quiet spring, he has a chance to see prime-time action this fall.
21 Karibi Dede (6-0, 216, Sr.)--One of the team's smartest players, he can handle any of the three linebacker spots.
46 Craig Stevens (6-2, 210, Fr.)--One of the more impressive members of the incoming signee class, he has shown a good nose for the football.
4 David Irons (5-11, 188, Sr.)--He is being counted on to be one of the SEC's top defensive backs.
20 Patrick Lee (6-0, 203, Jr.)--An opening night starter in 2005, after an ordinary spring he has played better in the preseason.
38 Zach Gilbert (5-10, 186, Jr.)--A walk-on who was put on scholarship this month, he has impressed secondary coach Will Muschamp with his coverage skills.
8 Jerraud Powers (5-9, 184, RFr.)--A player who could also see action at cornerback, he is not big but is a physical player.
24 Jonathan Wilhite (5-11, 182, Jr.)--He looks ready to have a big season in his second year as a starter.
20 Patrick Lee (6-0, 203, Jr.)--He is the top backup at both cornerback spots and could see significant playing time.
Eric Brock makes an interception in a preseason drill.
33 Eric Brock (6-1, 213, Jr.)--A player with starting experience, he has shown signs of improvement this preseason.
28 Zaccheus Etheridge (5-11, 191, Fr.)--A talented true freshman who moved to safety from cornerback, the confident rookie has a chance to see early action. or
14 Lorenzo Ferguson (6-2, 208, So.)--An injury put him behind schedule in the preseason, but he should be ready to contribute for the opener.
2 Aairon Savage (5-11, 187, RFr.)--Quick and aggressive, he looks like he will start after making the move from cornerback.
9 Tristan Davis (5-10, 204, So.)--He split time between tailback and safety last year. AU will take advantage of his speed as a kickoff returner.
30 Kody Bliss (5-10, 177, Sr.)
13 Patrick Martyn (5-11, 197, Sr.)
62 Pete Compton (6-6, 236, Jr.)--He will handle the punting snaps.
60 Robert Shiver (6-3, 213, So.)--He is the player who will snap for field goals and extra points.