April 10, 2014
J.B. Grimes says he is looking for depth on the offensive line (Lauren Barnard)
AUBURN, Ala. – J.B. Grimes, Auburn’s offensive line coach, wanted to make himself clear. Very clear. There has been no change, he said, in Auburn’s depth chart on the offensive line.
That means Avery Young is the starter at right tackle, Chad Slade at right guard, Reese Dismukes at center, Alex Kozan at right guard and either Pat Miller or Shon Coleman at left tackle. Grimes said recent movement is about experimenting and building depth.
Slade, Dismukes, Kozan and Young are returning starters. Miller started the first three games of last season at right tackle.
“Absolutely not,” Grimes said when asked if the depth chart had changed. “What we are trying to do now is mixing and matching. We are trying to build depth. We are working Avery at guard and tackle. We are working Chad at right guard and left guard. We are working Miller at left and right tackle.”
Prosch works out for Falcons’ coach
Former Auburn fullback Jay Prosch works out for Falcons’ running backs coach Gerald Brown on Thursday ion the Auburn campus.
Prosch, who helped pave the way for Auburn to lead the nation in rushing last season, is projected as a mid- to low-round pick in the May NFL draft.
Auburn overcoming the lull
Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee says the Tigers have improved in practice "some days at the rate we want, some days not."
"I think the first five days we had great energy. You could tell our guys were flying around. I think we got better.
"We hit a little bit of a lull probably somewhere two or three practices towards the middle, which is probably normal.
"The last two practices, I think our guys are starting to pick the tempo back up."
Wildcat offense on spring break
Auburn has put the Wildcat offense on hold, at least this spring, says offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
"We haven’t probably focused on that too much right now," he said. "We’re always going to have a Wildcat element in our offense. That’s just part of what we do. Some years it’s more, some years it’s less.
"We’ll probably have to wait until the fall to see how much we use it, but it always remains a possibility."
-- Charles Goldberg
Former players visit Auburn’s practice
Among the visitors at Auburn’s practice on Thursday were former Tiger wide receiver Willie Gosha and former tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Gosha’s 58 receptions in 1995 were tied for the most in Auburn history until Darvin Adams caught 60 in 2009. Gosha is an assistant coach at Walton High School in Fort Walton Beach, Fla.