Big things are expected of Auburn in 2015. Coming off a disappointing year, the Tigers have an exciting new quarterback and an excellent new defensive coordinator. We have them first in our post-spring power rankings, and several other media outlets project them as a playoff team.

With spring behind us, there are some position battles that have been solved and others that still need to be resolved. Even though offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee doesn’t think much of post-spring depth charts, let’s take a look at where Auburn stands heading into summer.


QB1: Jeremy Johnson
QB2: Sean White

Gus Malzahn tried to make this look like a competition, but the job was likely Johnson’s all along. White will be ready to play if need be after getting plenty of reps this spring, but the team belongs to Johnson now.

RB1: Jovon Robinson
RB2: Roc Thomas

HB/TE1: Kamryn Pettway
HB/TE2: Chandler Cox

While Auburn hasn’t yet differentiated between Robinson, Thomas and Peyton Barber, but with Robinson’s talent there’s good reason to think he’ll not only win the starting job but possibly lead the SEC in rushing. With C.J. Uzomah gone to the NFL, Pettway and Cox will fill Malzahn’s H-back role, with Pettway taking the nod thanks to his extra year of experience in the program.

LT1: Shon Coleman
LT2: Robert Leff

LG1: Alex Kozan
LG2: Devonte Danzey

C1: Austin Golson
C2: Xavier Dampeer

RG1: Braden Smith
RG2: Jordan Diamond

RT1: Avery Young
RT2: Will Adams

Auburn’s offensive line will be one of its greatest strengths this year. Left guard and center are still in the process of being decided. The current leader at center, Golson an Ole Miss transfer who moved to center over the winter, is not on scholarship right now. The staff is high on Kozan, coming off a season-ending back injury last year, but he’s battling it out with Danzey for the job at LG.

WR1: D’haquille Williams
WR2: Tony Stevens

WR1: Ricardo Louis
WR2: Melvin Ray

WR1: Jason Smith
WR2: Myron Burton

With Sammie Coates gone to the NFL and Quan Bray graduated, Auburn is seeing some turnover at receiver. Duke Williams, provided he can stop tweeting, will replace Coates at split end as the team’s primary deep threat. Smith impressed in spring ball after coming to Auburn as a junior college quarterback, and he should see plenty of reps in all types of offensive situations.


DE1: DaVonte Lambert
DE2: Devaroe Lawrence

DT1: Montravius Adams
DT2: Maurice Swain

DT1: Dontavius Russell
DT2: Devaroe Lawrence

BUCK1: Carl Lawson
BUCK2: Byron Cowart

We’re cheating a little bit by putting Cowart on the depth chart, but the incoming freshman has star potential before even getting to campus. He’ll play behind Lawson, who has looked strong returning from an ACL tear last year. Two starters, Lambert and Adams, return from last year, while Russell has been impressive in practice for the last year.

LB1: Kris Frost
LB2: JaViere Mitchell

MLB1: Cassanova McKinzy
MLB2: Tre’ Williams

LB1: Derrick Moncrief
LB2: Justin Garrett

NICK1: Tim Irvin
NICK2: Derrick Moncrief

Frost and McKinzy return to anchor the middle of Auburn’s defense, providing a strong core for Muschamp to build on. With Muschamp’s multiple defensive fronts, Auburn will either trot out a strongside linebacker or nickel back, depending on matchups. Moncrief is moving down from safety to linebacker, and he’ll play some of that nickel role as well behind Irvin, an early enrollee.

CB1: Jonathan Jones
CB2: Stephen Roberts

CB1: Joshua Holsey
CB2: Michael Sherwood

FS1: Johnathan “Rudy” Ford
FS2: Nick Ruffin

SS1: Tray Matthews
SS2: Markell Boston

Jones and Ford are two starters more or less set in stone, although Jones dealt with a foot injury this spring that required surgery. Matthews will take the field after sitting out a year following his transfer from Georgia and should be an impact player early on.

Special teams

K: Daniel Carlson
P: Daniel Carlson

KR: Roc Thomas
PR: Jason Smith

Carlson handled both kicking duties as a redshirt freshman last year, but he might get a reprieve this year as Auburn added punter Ian Shannon with its most recent recruiting class.

Smith is an intriguing option returning punts, and he was given a shot at it in spring ball. Thomas didn’t get much opportunity to return kicks as a freshman, but it could be a way to get the ball in his hands if he falls to a backup role at running back like we project.