Oct. 4, 2013
AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn released an updated depth chart on Wednesday. On Thursday, I offered my take on the offense. Today, I take a look at the defense.
1. Dee Ford, 2. Elijah Daniel
1. LaDarius Owens, 2. Carl Lawson
My take: After missing the first two games, Ford is close to full-speed now. Auburn needs him to turn up the heat on the pass rush. Owens has been something of a surprise after bouncing back and forth between linebacker and defensive end. Lawson and Daniel, both true freshmen, should get better every week. They are future stars.
1. Ben Bradley, 2 Gabe Wright
2. Nosa Eguae, 2. Montravius Adams
My take: Clearly, the big news here is Eguae’s move inside from end. At around 270 pounds, Eguae, a senior, doesn’t have ideal size, but he’s not tiny either. He’s a guy who will do things the right way every time. My gut feeling is it will prove to be a good move. The other big news that is Angelo Blackson is not on the depth chart. That doesn’t mean he won’t play, but you have to wonder how much. Bradley has been the most consistent of the bunch. Adams is the most dominant and appears on his way to great things.
1. Jake Holland, 2. Kris Frost
My take: Holland has been, by far, Auburn’s most consistent linebacker. One of the great mysteries of this season and last season is why he became such a favorite target for fans who have no idea what his assignment is, how he executed it or where he was supposed to be on a given play. Frost is an explosive player, but even he admits he must get more consistent and stop busting assignments.
1. Cassanova McKinzy, 2. Justin Garrett
My take: McKinzy has been dynamite against the run and has had his moments as an effective pass rusher. He’s struggled with pass coverage. Auburn’s defense needs Garrett to be healthy, but he hasn’t been since spring. Whether he’ll be ready to make an impact against Ole Miss is uncertain.
1. Jonathon Mincy, 2. Kamryn Melton
1. Ryan White, 2. T.J. Davis
My take: I’m not sure why senior Chris Davis isn’t listed, but I’ll be very surprised if he doesn’t play and play a lot. Mincy and White have been stalwarts in Auburn’s defense. Melton, a true freshman who hasn’t played much, seems ready to help if needed. Redshirt freshman T.J. Davis is back at cornerback after moving to safety last spring.
1. Jermaine Whitehead, 2. Ryan Smith
My take: White head has been Auburn’s most consistent and effective safety. Smith, a senior who played sparingly last season, has been a steady and valuable contributor.
1. Josh Holsey, 2. Trent Fisher
My take: Holsey is a really talented, really intelligent and really good player who has a chance to be a great one. Fisher isn’t the fastest or the most athletic, but he is a student of the game who won’t make mistakes.
1. Robenson Therezie, 2. Brandon King
My take: Therezie, one of the talented Auburn players on either side of the ball, got his chance to start the opener when Garrett was hurt. He intercepted two passes and was national Player of the Week. By the time Garrett could play again, Therezie was playing too well to be a backup. King, a junior college transfer, has steadily improved throughout the season.
Phillip Marshall is a Senior Writer for AuburnTigers.com. Follow Marshall on Twitter: