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Auburn football fall camp stock report: Tigers on the rise after Week 1

AUBURN, Ala. — Welcome to the Auburn football fall camp stock report, SEC Country’s weekly breakdown of the projected depth chart and the highest risers on the practice field.

The first stock report might look static from the preseason projections, and for good reason. Auburn’s first scrimmage Monday will be important for separation, as the first week of camp was mostly for the Tigers to get back into the rhythm of practice.

Still, several newcomers and returning reserves stood out during the three media viewing windows and to those inside the program who were at practices last week.

MORE: For Auburn, real evaluation starts Monday with first fall camp scrimmage

Here’s an updated depth chart projection after Week 1, highlighted by the biggest Tigers on the rise with less than one month to go before the season opener on Sept. 2.

Projected Auburn football depth chart

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Auburn quarterback Jarrett Stidham made a point to tag each offensive player up front in practices last week. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)


  • Jarrett Stidham
  • Sean White
  • Malik Willis

Jarrett Stidham continues to be the man to beat in the quarterback competition, even though Sean White has impressed coaches and teammates so far in fall camp.

Running back

  • Kamryn Pettway
  • Kerryon Johnson
  • Malik Miller or Kam Martin
  • Devan Barrett
  • JaTarvious Whitlow

Kamryn Pettway will continue to be the starting running back and Kerryon Johnson will be a valuable, versatile backup. The question here comes down to the No. 3 job behind the junior duo. Malik Miller seems to have a slight edge through Week 1, but scrimmage work will determine a lot.

MORE: Auburn football looking for backs to step in behind Pettway, Johnson


  • Chandler Cox
  • Spencer Nigh

Chandler Cox is locked in as the top H-back. Spencer Nigh has gotten plenty of second-team reps as a full-time H-back in camp. Jalen Harris, who can still provide cover here, is focused more on tight end.

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Auburn’s Sal Cannella stood out in the first week of fall camp. (Justin Ferguson/SEC Country)

Wide receiver — X and Z (outside)

  • Darius Slayton
  • Nate Craig-Myers
  • Kyle Davis
  • Sal Cannella
  • Marquis McClain
  • Griffin King

Auburn switches up its outside receivers a lot, and Darius Slayton even called where he played “the X or the Z” Saturday. That being said, Slayton is the returning leader at wide receiver and should be one of the first on the field. Nate Craig-Myers picked up where he left off in the spring, and Kyle Davis could play in several different spots this fall.

On the rise: Sal Cannella. The JUCO tight end worked exclusively with the wide receivers during the three viewing windows in Week 1. Cannella looks smooth as a natural receiver, and Chip Lindsey commented on the “edge” he brings to the position. While he lined up with the first team on the outside last Monday, he has a ton of potential as a big slot receiver, too.

Wide receiver — slot

  • Eli Stove
  • Ryan Davis
  • John Franklin III
  • Noah Igbinoghene
  • Will Hastings

Eli Stove can split out wide, and Ryan Davis has plenty of value down the middle with his sure hands. John Franklin III, still making the transition to wide receiver, struggled in Saturday drills. His speed, though, will keep him in the mix.

On the rise: Noah Igbinoghene stood out with his early work on special teams, but that wasn’t all from the true freshman in Week 1. Teammates spoke highly of his ability as an all-around receiver — not just a speed burner on vertical routes. There are several veterans ahead of him, but Igbinoghene might be too versatile and too skilled to leave on the sidelines in 2017.

Wide receiver — big slot

  • Kyle Davis
  • Sal Cannella
  • Marquis McClain

Keep an eye on this position. When the Tigers go four-wide in practices, they like to match a smaller speedster with a rangy threat on the other side of the slot. That position is made for Davis and Cannella. Marquis McClain, who is coming off a redshirt season, has also looked good so far in fall camp.

MORE: Kyle Davis bringing trademark energy, skills back to Auburn practice

Tight end

  • Jalen Harris
  • Sal Cannella
  • John Samuel Shenker

With Cannella spending most of his time with the receivers, Harris seems to have the tight end position locked down. His blocking will continue to be his strength, but Auburn wants to throw to him more in 2017.

Left tackle

  • Darius James
  • Prince Tega Wanogho
  • Calvin Ashley

This is the same two-deep as before, but Calvin Ashley makes his debut after getting third-team reps in his first week of practice. The 5-star freshman has the talent to make a move up the depth chart over the next few weeks.

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Auburn offensive guard Marquel Harrell (77) is competing for a starting job in fall camp. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

Left guard

  • Marquel Harrell
  • Mike Horton
  • Brodarious Hamm
  • Kaleb Kim

On the rise: Marquel Harrell. The guard positions are still up for grabs, but it’s worth noting Harrell has stayed relatively alone in first-team reps at left guard. Wilson Bell — more on him soon — will most likely make a move to the top of the depth chart. Harrell has done a good job of carving out the left guard spot as his own. Coach Gus Malzahn spoke highly of his recent weight loss and skill set Saturday.


  • Austin Golson
  • Casey Dunn
  • Nick Brahms

Casey Dunn’s shot at unseating Austin Golson as the starting center begins in earnest this week with scrimmages. Golson has the job under control at the moment as a senior returning starter. Of note: True freshman Nick Brahms handled third-team snaps in Week 1, which bumped Kaleb Kim over to guard.

Right guard

  • Mike Horton
  • Wilson Bell
  • Tyler Carr

Malzahn said Saturday evening Mike Horton has gotten some recent reps at left guard. That might be the best-case scenario for the sophomore, as Wilson Bell looks like he could take over the starting job this month. The Florida State graduate transfer had some first-team reps in media viewing windows during Week 1.

Right tackle

  • Braden Smith
  • Bailey Sharp
  • Prince Sammons

Braden Smith has the right tackle job on complete lockdown after his move in the spring. The matchup between Bailey Sharp and Prince Sammons for the No. 2 role, though, will be interesting to watch..

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Auburn defensive end Nick Coe drew high praise from his teammates in Week 1. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

Defensive end

  • Marlon Davidson
  • Nick Coe
  • Tyler Carter

On the rise: Nick Coe. Marlon Davidson will start again in 2017, but Nick Coe will definitely play a big role for the Tigers. He has the potential to move around on the defensive line, as Auburn’s coaching staff has a plan to get the 6-foot-6 former high school wrestling champion on the field in his redshirt freshman season.

MORE: How Nick Coe reminds Auburn teammate of No. 1 pick Myles Garrett

Nose tackle

  • Derrick Brown
  • Andrew Williams (injured)
  • Alec Jackson
  • Jaunta’vius Johnson
  • Tyrone Truesdell

Derrick Brown has improved his pad level during the offseason, and that should serve him well in the fall. Brown has plenty of power and athleticism to fill Montravius Adams’ shoes. Andrew Williams won’t be 100 percent for awhile with a leg injury, opening the door for a number of underclassmen to make moves.

On the rise: Alec Jackson. On Saturday, it appeared Alec Jackson was the one who made the biggest move. With Williams sidelined, Jackson took second-team nose tackle reps. The true freshman isn’t as big as Adams or Brown, but he’s in that same mold as a player with the ability to go anywhere on the line. He could get work at defensive tackle, too.

Defensive tackle

  • Dontavius Russell
  • Byron Cowart
  • Alec Jackson
  • Tashawn Manning

Dontavius Russell is back as the starter, and Byron Cowart has moved up to taking regular second-team reps. Cowart looks like he could be the first defensive tackle off the bench in 2017, as the move inside has served the former 5-star prospect well this offseason.

Buck defensive end

  • Jeff Holland
  • Paul James III
  • Markaviest Bryant
  • Tre’ Threat

This is the same as the spring, with Holland holding the edge over James. Both will play important roles in 2017. Markaviest Bryant will be one to watch over the next few weeks.

MORE: Holland, James pushing each other in competition at buck position

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Auburn linebacker Darrell Williams looks like a defensive leader heading into 2017. (Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics)

Strongside linebacker

  • Darrell Williams
  • Montavious Atkinson
  • T.D. Moultry (injured)
  • Chandler Wooten

Weakside linebacker

  • Tre’ Williams
  • Montavious Atkinson
  • Deshaun Davis
  • K.J. Britt

Middle linebacker

  • Deshaun Davis
  • K.J. Britt
  • Richard McBryde

Darrell Williams and Tre’ Williams are the first ones on the field when Auburn practices in its base 4-2-5 set. Deshaun Davis will slide into the middle when the situation calls for three linebackers and rotate with Montavious Atkinson as the No. 2 duo. K.J. Britt had a strong first week of practice, as his “mental reps” while recovering from injury this spring are obvious in his fall work.

Boundary cornerback

  • Carlton Davis
  • John Broussard Jr.
  • Jeremiah Dinson

This is the same lineup from spring practices, with the exception of Jeremiah Dinson, who is getting more work at cornerback this fall. Traivon Leonard could work here as well after a strong summer for the true freshman.

Field cornerback

  • Jamel Dean
  • Javaris Davis
  • Traivon Leonard

On the rise: Jamel Dean. Javaris Davis might be the favorite for the job opposite Carlton Davis at the moment, but it’s looking more and more likely “JD” will move to nickel to open things up for Jamel Dean. The sophomore was in line to start last fall before a knee injury robbed him of his first season. Defensive backs and wide receivers alike have spoken highly of Dean’s skills, and he looks like the ideal partner with Carlton Davis.

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Auburn defensive back Javaris Davis could start in several positions for the Tigers this fall. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

Nickel back/star

  • Javaris Davis
  • Jeremiah Dinson
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Jordyn Peters
  • Jayvaughn Myers

On the rise: Javaris Davis. The younger Davis started working at nickel back during the summer, and he quickly made a home there in Week 1 of fall camp. With Thomas working more at safety and Dinson working more at cornerback, this is an ideal fit for Davis. He has the top-level speed and physical nature that Auburn wants in its replacement for Rudy Ford.

MORE: Javaris Davis could start somewhere other than CB for Auburn in 2017

Free safety

  • Stephen Roberts
  • Nick Ruffin
  • Jason Smith

As expected, Stephen Roberts holds the edge over fellow senior Nick Ruffin at strong safety. Jason Smith’s move to safety from wide receiver gave Auburn even more depth at a position of need.

Strong safety

  • Tray Matthews
  • Daniel Thomas
  • Jordyn Peters

Tray Matthews is locked in as a starter, and Daniel Thomas could serve the Tigers better at safety than nickel in 2017. Jordyn Peters, who also got some second-team reps at nickel back Saturday, has the range and hitting ability to contribute right away.


  • Daniel Carlson
  • Anders Carlson

This remains easy. Daniel Carlson is the nation’s best kicker, and his younger brother Anders will learn behind him and work on kickoffs during practice this year — most likely a redshirt one.


  • Ian Shannon or Aidan Marshall
  • Daniel Carlson or Anders Carlson

Malzahn isn’t pleased Ian Shannon hasn’t separated himself yet at punter, and walk-on Aidan Marshall could snag the job this month. In a desperate situation, Auburn might abort its Carlson-to-Carlson kicker-only plan for 2017 and beyond. The Tigers don’t want one of them to punt, but they might be forced to do so if something doesn’t change.

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Auburn wide receiver Noah Igbinoghene has the potential to break through into a deep rotation as a true freshman. (Benjamin Wolk/SEC Country)

Kick returner

  • Kerryon Johnson
  • Kam Martin
  • Noah Igbinoghene
  • Javaris Davis
  • John Franklin III
  • Devan Barrett

On the rise: Noah Igbinoghene. Kerryon Johnson and Kam Martin were mainstays at kick return practice in Week 1, and they look like the favorites to start. But Igbinoghene was a surprise third man in Wednesday’s practice. He has the elite speed to make a difference at return man this year if Auburn trusts him to contribute as a true freshman.

MORE: Freshman WR Noah Igbinoghene standing out early in Auburn fall camp

Punt returner

  • Stephen Roberts
  • Ryan Davis
  • Marquis McClain

Stephen Roberts is the returning starter here, but Auburn will continue to work several players at the position. Side note: Marquis McClain is a simply gigantic punt returner at 6-foot-2 and 226 pounds.