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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comApril 30, 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 concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the left tackles.

Who's Who:

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

Pre-spring projection:

1. Coleman

1a. Miller

1b. Leff

Post-spring projection:

1. Coleman

2. Miller

3. Leff

Analysis: Now here's a true projection.

Coleman and Miller rotated at left tackle with the first-team offense this spring. Each practice, they would alternate, with Coleman getting the first-team reps one day and Miller getting them the next. As the spring came to a close, however, the coaching staff didn't drop any hints as to which player held the edge. There's a simple reason Coleman is at the top in this projection: He never moved from left tackle. Yes, roughly halfway through the spring, Miller started seeing time at right tackle, the spot he manned the first five games of the 2013 campaign.

Does it mean he can't move back to the left side? Of course not. Other linemen shuffled around and saw time at other positions, too — most notably Chad Slade going from starting right guard to working with the second-team offense at left guard. But Coleman seeing almost all of the first-team reps at left tackle the final few weeks of the spring should be a sign, at least for the moment, that he'll enter fall camp as the starter.

Miller will be able to jump in at any time, while Leff, Adams and Callahan will continue to fight for playing time behind the top two.

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