May 1, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- Auburn coach Gus Malzahn moved players around, put his team through a tough spring and has come up with a fluid depth chart heading to the summer.
There are a lot of starting positions still open. There are also a bunch of positions that are considered "either/or," though Malzahn didn't specifically identify which ones.
And that's just now.
"All positions will be wide open once fall starts," Malzahn said.
Still, Malzahn has a working depth chart now, and it includes some positions without a starter, notably at quarterback between Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace.
"Sometimes that's not a negative. Sometimes it's a positive because you feel like you have two guys who can do it," Malzahn said.
Malzahn listed three running backs for one spot during a Wednesday press conference.
Malzahn said Auburn met his three goals for the spring:
•Getting the edge back: "I really felt like our guys came a long way."
•Understanding the foundation of the offense and defense "so they can get better over the summer."
•Two-deep depth chart. "It was probably more important to get them in the right position."
Here's the depth chart, in the order Malzahn said the names at each positions, but not necessarily indicating the starter:
•Quarterback: Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace
•H-back: Jay Prosch, Ricky Parks
•Wide receiver: Jaylon Denson, Sammie Coates
•Wide receiver/Slot: Quan Bray
•Tight end: C.J. Uzomah, Brandon Fulse
•Left Tackle: Greg Robinson, Shon Coleman
•Center: Reese Dismukes, Tunde Fariyike
•Right Guard: Chad Slade, Jordan Diamond
•Right Tackle: Patrick Miller, Avery Young
•Defensive end: Dee Ford, Craig Sanders
•Defensive tackle: Jeff Whitaker, Ben Bradley
•Defensive tackle: Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson
•Defensive end: Ken Carter, Nosa Eguae
•Mike linebacker: Kris Frost, Jake Holland
•Cornerback: Chris Davis, Ryan White
•Cornerback: Jonathon Mincy, Jonathan Jones
•Free Safety: Jermaine Whitehead, Ryan Smith
•Safety: Josh Holsey, Trent Fisher, T.J. Davis
Malzahn said defensive back Demetruce McNeal is back after resolving off-the-field issues.
"He'll be in the mix. He'll have a chance," Malzahn said
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