Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' spring left tackle depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 3, 2014 

Auburn Football

Shon Coleman (7) battled Patrick Miller to win Auburn's starting left tackle job this spring.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice starts March 18. Some positions are set in stone. Some are up for grabs. Auburn beat writer Ryan Black has already evaluated all the personnel groupings on the team (which you can find here), but now he's paring that down even further to account for every individual position, projecting how the depth chart will look when the Tigers get back on the field for the first time since the BCS championship game. The series continues with the left tackles.

Who's Who:

Avery Young, sophomore: Started last 10 games of 2013 season at right tackle

Patrick Miller, junior: Started first four games of 2013 season at right tackle

Robert Leff, junior: Appeared in all 14 games last year

Will Adams, sophomore: Appeared in all 14 games last year

Shon Coleman, sophomore: Appeared in eight games last year

Shane Callahan, sophomore: Appeared in two games (Western Carolina and Florida Atlantic) last year

Projected depth chart:

1. Coleman

1a. Miller

1b. Leff

Analysis: Anyone who professes to know what Auburn is going to do at left tackle — aside from the coaching staff — would be lying.

Trying to fill the massive void (literally and figuratively) left by Greg Robinson won't be easy. The good thing for the Tigers, as Gus Malzahn has noted on numerous occasions, is that they have plenty of depth along the line. But getting the right player in the position can't be downplayed, as the left tackle is the player responsible for protecting Nick Marshall's blindside.

So which players will have a chance to win the job this spring?

"(Offensive line) Coach J.B. Grimes is going to open it up to the two guys — Shon Coleman, Patrick Miller," Malzahn said earlier this month. "Robert Leff will get an opportunity. Avery Young, (too)."

That quartet is likely just the beginning. Callahan and Adams might be able to work their way into the picture as well.

Given the number of candidates who will have their hat in the ring, the competition could come down to the final week of the spring. If it's still too close to call at that point, fall camp will loom largely as the players work out on their own this summer.

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