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Shake-up: Auburn's Nosa Eguae a starting defensive tackle

Oct. 2, 2013

Nosa Eguae goes inside for Auburn as a defensive tackle (Todd Van Emst photo)

By Charles Goldberg

AUBURN, Ala. – The player who has been in more games than any current Tiger officially has a new starting position today. 

Nosa Eguae, who has spent his 43-game career at defensive end, is listed as one of the two starting defensive tackles for Saturday's game against Ole Miss.  Junior college transfer Ben Bradley, who has started the last three games, is listed as the other first-team defensive tackle. 

There are five new starters on defense and one new starter on offense from the depth chart released before the first game. Auburn, 3-1 overall, has dealt with a series of injuries, especially on defense, since August.

The new depth chart.

Three true freshmen are listed as second-teamers in the defensive line: Montravious Adams, behind Eguae; Elijah Daniel, behind Dee Ford at defensive end; and Carl Lawson, behind LaDarius Owens at defensive end.

The other new starters since Week 1 are Ford, who missed the first two games with an injury;  Robenson Therezie, who has excelled since replacing an injured Justin Garrett as the Star safety before the first game; and Ryan White, who replaced an injured Chris Davis at cornerback. Davis, who is practicing again after missing time with an injury, is not on the depth chart, but could play Saturday. 

The one change on offense is Brandon Fulse is now listed as a starting wide receiver after a season-ending injury to Jaylon Denson in Auburn's last game.  Big-play Sammie Coates and freshman Tony Stevens are listed as co-starters at another wide receiver position. 

Auburn has the same offensive line that has started the first four games: Greg Robinson, Alex Kozan, Reese Dismukes, Chad Slade and Patrick Miller. Nick Marshall is the quarterback and Tre Mason is the first-team tailback.

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