Projecting the Tigers' spring Star depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 13, 2014 

Auburn's Robenson Therezie enters the fall as the starter at Star, but he will be pushed by Justin Garrett.

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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 Star position.

Who's Who:

Robenson Therezie, senior: Started all 14 games; 57 tackles (37 solo, 20 assisted), 3.0 tackles for loss, team-high four interceptions, one pass breakup, one quarterback hurry

Mackenro Alexander, sophomore: Appeared in eight games; Four tackles (two solo, two assisted), 1.5 TFLs

Projected depth chart:

1. Therezie

2. Alexander

Analysis: Readers with good memories may remember what was written about this position last month.

(If you missed, click here.) For those who aren't interested in reading the link, here's how it started:

"There's not much to say here, other than Star will look exactly like it did last season, with Therezie in the starting lineup and Alexander serving as the backup."

Little has changed since then. Therezie's breakout season ensures his place in the starting lineup. The mystery is how things will shake out behind him. Alexander isn't going anywhere. But the question is, how many players will he compete against to be the top backup? One possibility is Justin Garrett, who won the starting job at Star last spring. He wasn't able to show off much his skills, though, as he trudged through an injury-plagued fall before taking a medical redshirt. Now at linebacker, it would be easy to move him back to Star if defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson deems that the best position for Garrett.

Another potential adversary for Alexander could be early enrollee Derrick Moncrief. Recruited as a pure safety, he has the size (6-foot-3, 225 pounds) and cover skills to play multiple positions, with Star being one of them.

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