FLOWERY BRANCH, Georgia — Auburn’s pursuit of a graduate transfer along the offensive line has not turned up any immediate results, but that could change this summer.
Offense line coach Herb Hand tried to persuade Rhode Island transfer Tyler Catalina to pick the Tigers in January, but the tackle instead chose rival Georgia. The swing-and-miss on Catalina does not mean Auburn is finished on the transfer circuit, however.
“We always keep our eyes and ears open,” Hand told SEC Country. “If there was a fifth-year grad transfer out there or a late junior college graduate that we felt like could help us, we would be interested in pursuing that. We’re always going to look at what we can do to help position Auburn for the most success. If a guy can help us, then year we’re going to take a look at it.”
Hand believes he has a strong group of five starters along the offensive line heading into the offseason — Austin Golson, Alex Kozan, Xavier Dampeer, Braden Smith and Robert Leff — but building depth will be crucial. The Tigers’ sixth man off the bench right now is likely redshirt freshman Mike Horton — who has yet to play a game — and Texas transfer Darius James, who is in the mix as well.