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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 5, 2014 

In this file photo from the Louisiana-Monroe game in 2012, Avery Young (right, holding helmet) walks off the field following Auburn's 31-28 overtime victory. Last year, Young started the final nine games of the season for the Tigers at right tackle.


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 right tackles.

Who's Who:

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

Patrick Miller, junior: Started first five 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. Young

2. Miller

Analysis: Right tackle shouldn't be a hard position to predict.

After all, Young and Miller combined to start all 14 games at the position last season; Miller won a fall camp battle for the spot over Young and was in the starting lineup for the first four games of the year before he was sidelined by an undisclosed off-field issue. Once Young got the job, he didn't give it up, staying there for the final 10 games of the 2013 campaign.

Where does the uncertainty come in?

Thanks to Greg Robinson's decision to go pro, the left tackle position has a gaping hole. Two of the candidates to take over for Robinson include Young and Miller. Others vying for the job will include the group noted above in Leff, Adams, Coleman and Callahan. It's impossible to know which way the coaching staff is leaning until spring practice opens up. What is clear is that each of the tackle positions affect the other.

But since this is merely a projection, I'll make this statement: The two starting tackles will come from the trio of Young, Miller and Coleman. Each has similar attributes (all stand at 6-foot-6 or taller and weigh more than 283 pounds) and between their play and praise from the coaching staff, have proven to be the three most athletically gifted tackles on the roster.

It will be quite a competition at both spots, but it says here Coleman will emerge as the starting left tackle, Young will return to man the right side and Miller will be waiting in the wings to step in at either position.

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