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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 2, 2014 

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced Friday that Alex Kozan (63) will miss the 2014 season after having back surgery. A rising third-year sophomore, Kozan started all 14 games at left guard for the Tigers in 2013.


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 projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the left guards.

Who's Who:

Alex Kozan, sophomore: Started all 14 games at left guard last year; named to the SEC's All-Freshman team by league coaches

Devonte Danzey, junior: Appeared in three games (Western Carolina, Florida Atlantic and Tennessee) last year

Deon Mix, redshirt freshman: Redshirted during 2013 season

Pre-spring projection:

1. Kozan

2. Danzey

3. Mix

Post-spring projection:

1. Kozan

2. Danzey

3. Mix

Analysis: Left guard is yet another stable position for Auburn's offense.

Although it wasn't noted above, in addition to being selected to the Southeastern Conference's All-Freshman team by the league's coaches, Kozan was also named to the Freshman All-American team by the Football Writers Association of America. So it's safe to say he's not going anywhere.

Behind him, things appear unchanged as well. Danzey was Kozan's backup last season, and will enter 2014 in the same role. In his first meeting with reporters during spring practice, however, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee raved about Mix's progress since last year. But it doesn't seem he's come far enough just yet to secure a spot on the two-deep.

Neither Mix and Danzey can afford to rest on their laurels, though, as Jordan Diamond will be back to full strength by the time fall camp rolls around. A versatile lineman from Chicago, Diamond missed all of spring practice to recover from knee surgery. After serving as Chad Slade's backup last year, expect Diamond to push for playing time at both guard spots when preseason camp begins in August.

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