New D-ends, plenty of receivers on Auburn depth chart

Aug 28, 2013

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LaDarius Owens is getting the start for Auburn at defensive end on Saturday (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Charles Goldberg
AuburnTigers.com

AUBURN, Ala.  Gus Malzahn needs a lot of receivers for his fast-paced offense, and proved it Wednesday in an Auburn depth chart that includes four starting wide receivers, a tight end and an overall starting offensive lineup that includes 13 starters. 

The formation and the call will really dictate the starting 11 that will go on the field when Auburn meets Washington State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. 

The depth chart, the first of the fall, features a starting lineup on offense that has only one senior  H-back Jay Prosch  as well as eight juniors, three sophomores and a redshirt freshman. The defensive lineup, counting co-starters, features six juniors, four seniors and two sophomores. 

The defense shows a shakeup at end where Craig Sanders and LaDarius Owens are the two starters. It's a promotion for both, partly due to the fact that returning starter Dee Ford is out with a knee injury and Ken Carter has been slowed by a injury as well. 

Kiehl Frazier, who began fall camp vying for the starting quarterback job, is listed as the No. 2 boundary safety behind starter Josh Holsey. 

Eight of the offensive starters started the final game last year, though one of them started only that game and another started only two games. The offensive line combined for 42 starts last year. 

Six of the defensive starters are returning. 

Brandon Fulse and C.J. Uzomah are listed as co-starters at tight end. Uzomah and Sammie Coates are listed as co-starters at one of the wide receiver spots. The three other starting wideouts are Jaylon Denson, Quan Bray and Ricardo Louis. Their backups are Fulse, Trovon Reed and freshman Marcus Davis

The depth chart reaffirms junior college transfer Nick Marshall as the starting quarterback. He's backed up by sophomore Jonathan Wallace and freshman Jeremy Johnson, both listed as the No. 2 quarterback.

Tre Mason, who rushed for 1,000 yards last year, is the No. 1 tailback, backed up by junior college transfer Cameron Artis-Payne. Prosch is the starting H-back, backed up by walk-on Gage Batten

The offensive line will be anchored by center Reese Dismukes. Greg Robinson is back as the starting left tackle and Chad Slade returns as the starting right guard. Alex Kozan will start at left guard. Patrick Miller will start at right tackle. 

The reserves behind Sanders and Owens at defensive end are Nosa Eguae, Carter and newcomers Elijah Daniel and Carl Lawson

Angelo Blackson will be one of the defensive tackles. Either Jeff Whitaker or Gabe Wright will start at the other defensive tackle spot. The backup tackles are freshman Montravius Adams, junior college transfer Ben Bradley and JaBrian Niles for defensive line coach Rodney Garner.

"Coach Garner is going to rotate  a lot of guys, especially when you're playing against a team that's going to throw it a lot or could throw it a lot," said Gus Malzahn. "You've got to have depth, being the first game of the year. That'll be very important." 

Jake Holland will start as the middle linebacker, backed up by Kris Frost. Cassanova McKinzy will be the starter at the other linebacker spot. He's backed up by Anthony Swain and JaViere Mitchell

Hybrid Star safety Justin Garrett, who missed part of fall practice with a foot injury, is listed as a starter, backed up by Robenson Therezie

Starters at cornerback are Jonathan Mincy and Chris Davis. Ryan White is listed as the back up at both cornerback spots. 

Jermaine Whitehead is the starting free safety, backed up by Ryan Smith; with Holsey and Frazier at the other safety spot. 

The special teams are anchored by veteran punter Steven Clark and place-kicker Cody Parkey. The holder is White, the deep snapper are Jake Lembke and Forrest Hill

Other fall races: Tre Mason and Corey Grant are listed as the first two for kick returners; Chris Davis tops the punt returners.

 Offense
LT
 73 Greg Robinson
So.
6-5
320
   72 Shon Coleman
R-Fr.
6-6
299
LG
 63 Alex Kozan
R-Fr.
6-4
297
   53 Devonte Danzey
So.
6-4
282
C
 50 Reese Dismukes
Jr.
6-3
297
   65 Tunde Fariyike
Jr.
6-2
305
RG
 62 Chad Slade
Jr.
6-5
313
   76 Jordan Diamond
R-Fr.
6-6
315
RT
 51 Patrick Miller
So.
6-7
283
   56 Avery Young
R-Fr.
6-6
304
TE
 11 Brandon Fulse or
Jr.
6-4
263
   81 CJ Uzomah
Jr.
6-4
258
WR
 89 Jaylon Denson
Jr.
6-3
219
   11 Brandon Fulse
Jr.
6-4
263
WR
 18 Sammie Coates or
So.
6-2
201
   81 CJ Uzomah
Jr.
6-4
258
WR
 4 Quan Bray
Jr.
5-10
186
   1 Trovon Reed
Jr.
6-0
190
WR
 5 Ricardo Louis
So.
6-2
215
   80 Marcus Davis Fr. 5-9 176
QB
 14 Nick Marshall
Jr.
6-1
210
   12 Jonathan Wallace or
So.
6-2
206
   6 Jeremy Johnson
Fr.
6-5
219
HB
 35 Jay Prosch
Sr.
6-0
258
   40 Gage Batten
R-Fr.
6-0
235
RB
 21 Tre Mason
Jr.
5-10
205
   44 Cameron Artis-Payne
Jr.
5-11
210

 
 
 Defense
DE
 13 Craig Sanders
Sr.
6-4
245
   94 Nosa Eguae or
Sr.
6-3
269
   97 Elijah Daniel
Fr.
6-2
264
DT
 54 Jeffrey Whitaker or
Sr.
6-4
310
   90 Gabe Wright
Jr.
6-3
296
   50 Ben Bradley
Jr.
6-1
295
DT
 98 Angelo Blackson
Jr.
6-4
310
   1 Montravius Adams or
Fr.
6-4
305
   93 JaBrian Niles
So.
6-2
293
DE
 10 LaDarious Owens
Jr.
6-2
250
   92 Kenneth Carter or
Sr.
6-4
280
   55 Carl Lawson
Fr.
6-2
258
MLB
 5 Jake Holland
Sr.
6-1
240
   17 Kris Frost
So.
6-2
238
WLB
 8 Cassanova McKinzy
So.
6-3
246
   43 Anthony Swain or
So.
6-2
239
   16 JaViere Mitchell
R-Fr.
6-2
205
Star
 26 Justin Garrett
Jr.
6-1
218
   27 Robenson Therezie
Jr.
5-9
204
CB
 11 Chris Davis
Sr.
5-11
200
   19 Ryan White
Sr.
5-11
196
SS
 15 Joshua Holsey
So.
5-11
197
   25 Kiehl Frazier
Jr.
6-2
224
FS
 9 Jermaine Whitehead
Jr.
5-11
201
   24 Ryan Smith
Sr.
6-2
194
CB
 6 Jonathan Mincy
Jr.
5-10
200
   37 Kamryn Melton
Fr.
5-10
173
 
 Special Teams
PK
 36 Cody Parkey
Sr.
6-0
190
   38 Daniel Carlson
Fr.
6-4
205
P
 30 Steven Clark
Sr.
6-5
230
   28 Jimmy Hutchinson
Fr.
6-2
190
KR
 21 Tre Mason
Jr.
5-10
205
   20 Corey Grant
Jr.
5-11
205
   4 Quan Bray
Jr.
5-10
186
   5 Ricardo Louis
So.
6-2
215
PR
 11 Chris Davis
Sr.
5-11
200
   4 Quan Bray
Jr.
5-10
186
   1 Trovon Reed
Jr.
6-0
190
H
 19 Ryan White
Sr.
5-11
196
   12 Jonathan Wallace
So.
6-2
206
DS
 59 Jake Lembke
Sr.
6-2
240
   48 Forrest Hill
Jr.
6-1
247

Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: 


 

 

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