AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn is not expected to release a depth chart following the conclusion of its spring practices, but it’s clear where Auburn stands at several positions heading into the summer.
Today we take a look at Auburn’s offense and what the post-spring depth chart should look like. This is not a prediction for the lineup in the opener against Clemson on Sept. 3, but instead shows where SEC Country believes Auburn stands with the players on campus today.
1. Sean White
2. John Franklin III or Jeremy Johnson
Sean White was the most consistent, capable and fastest (in snaps, not speed) quarterback on the field this spring. His fumble after leading Auburn to the 10-yard line in the A-Day scrimmage was not a great sign — and neither was the continuing trend of his inability to throw touchdown passes (he had one last season) — but he was more consistent than his counterparts this spring and earns the starting spot heading into the summer. John Franklin III, however, is hot on his heels and if Jeremy Johnson can pick up the tempo and break out of the habit of staring down receivers, he could contend for the starting job in August, too.
1. Jovon Robinson
2. Roc Thomas
Jovon Robinson is simply the best running back on the roster and he showed it again with his 55-yard run in the A-Day game. He’s built to be an every-down tailback and has the body to absorb the big blows against the SEC heavyweights. Roc Thomas is a nice change-of-pace tailback and should see some time at slot receiver, too, which will make room for Kerryon Johnson to see more playing time once he returns from a shoulder injury.
1. Chandler Cox OR Kamryn Pettway
Pick one. They’re both doing great and showed strides throughout the spring, even when they were counted on to deliver as tailbacks. They should be more involved in the offense this season.
1. Jalen Harris
2. Landon Rice
Jalen Harris simply more experienced and gets the nod here. Landon Rice had some nice moments, but he may need another year of development.
1. Tony Stevens
2. Darius Slayton
The receiver positions are all up for grabs this summer with newcomers Nate Craig-Myers, Marquis McClain, Kyle Davis and Eli Stove coming to campus. For now, Tony Stevens gets a starting nod. Darius Slayton had some great routes in the spring but couldn’t quite come down with the big catch.
1. Marcus Davis
2. Kyle Davis
Marcus Davis was the best receiver in the spring. Kyle Davis shows up on the two-deep even though he had a shoulder injury and was unable to participate in contact drills.
1. Jason Smith
2. Ryan Davis
Just call Jason Smith Auburn’s Mr. Bubble. He’s a big play ready to pop on screen passes and we saw a few glimpses of that in the spring game and in practices.
1. Austin Golson
2. Darius James
Austin Golson’s move from center to left tackle will likely be a permanent move with offensive line coach Herb Hand quickly realizing he trusts Xavier Dampeer to handle the starting duties snapping the ball. The interesting development will be what happens to Texas transfer Darius James, a former five-star prospect. Does he move to another position if Golson starts?
1. Alex Kozan
2. Marquel Harrell
Alex Kozan is no longer fatigued after recovering from back surgery last season, meaning an All-SEC season could be on the horizon after his breakout freshman campaign in 2013.
1. Xavier Dampeer
2. Kaleb Kim
See our analysis at left tackle. Kaleb Kim might be the backup in name, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Golson moves back here if something goes wrong with Dampeer, which would catapult James to starter at left tackle.
1. Braden Smith
2. Mike Horton
Braden “Drago” Smith, the man of many nicknames, will hold down right guard once again ahead of rising redshirt freshman Mike Horton, who impressed coaches last August and again this spring.
1. Robert Leff
2. Tyler Carr OR Darius James
Robert Leff has been waiting his entire career for a starting job and he gets it after a strong performance this spring at right tackle. Keep an eye on Tyler Carr, however, and if coaches think James is one of their five or six best offensive linemen, he could move to the right side and start if needed.