AUBURN, Ala — Auburn’s starting lineup along the offensive line appears to be set.
The only question: where will they line up?
Center Austin Golson has been working at left tackle for most of the spring, but coaches have not yet ruled out the possibility of him moving back to center to take over for Xavier Dampeer, a career backup elevated to starter this spring.
“I don’t know if anyone has settled in,” offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said. “I think we have a pretty good idea of who the top five guys are. We just have to develop depth behind that. Five or six guys is probably a good way to put it.”
The top five players Lashlee named just so happened to be how the players have lined up, from left to right, this spring: Golson, Alex Kozan, Dampeer, Braden Smith and Robert Leff.
The big name missing from that list is Texas transfer Darius James, who moved to left tackle to battle Golson this spring. James, a former five-star recruit, sat out 2015 due to NCAA transfer rules and was expected to compete for playing time at left and right tackle. It appears he will remain at left tackle, for now.
Beyond the apparent starters, developing depth has been the No. 1 goal this season as the Tigers.
“We’ve got Mike Horton, Darius James, Kaleb Kim, some other guys behind them Marquel Harrell,” Lashlee said. “All those guys competing to kind of see who can help get in the mix to start or provide quality depth. You have to have eight or nine guys you can really count on the offensive line at a minimum to play in this league and be successful.”
Auburn closes spring practices with its annual A-Day scrimmage inside Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday before conducting an abbreviated practice Tuesday.