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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 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 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 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

Pre-spring projection:

1. Young

2. Miller

Post-spring projection:

1. Young

2. Miller

Analysis: Young and Miller. Miller and Young.

The pair are seemingly locked in an endless cycle at right tackle. You know the story by now: They battled to win the starting job during fall camp last year, which Miller eventually won. He then started the first five games at the spot before losing it due to off-field issues. Once Young took over, he didn't give it up.

Fast forward to this spring, and it appeared they had finally been separated. Young was the unquestioned No. 1 at right tackle while Miller moved over to the left side, fighting Shon Coleman for the right to be Greg Robinson's successor. But midway through spring practice, the coaching staff abruptly shifted Miller back to right tackle — a decision the junior admitted surprised even him.

It was one of the multiple moves J.B. Grimes made this spring; Young was involved as well, taking reps with the first-team offense at right guard.

So we're left with this: If Young starts at right tackle, Miller will be the top backup at both tackle spots. If Young starts at right guard, Miller will regain the right tackle position.

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