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

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 14, 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 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 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

Justin Garrett, junior: Appeared in two games; four tackles (two solo, two assisted), one TFL

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

Pre-spring projection:

1. Therezie

2. Alexander

Post-spring projection:

1. Therezie

2. Garrett

Analysis: My, my, my. What a position of strength.

Alexander has made all the strides one would want from Year 1 to Year 2, but he's the player who gets the short end of the stick here. He'll still get playing time, sure. But he was hurt by Garrett's move back to Star.

It's a story that has been rehashed numerous times by now, but let's recite it once more: Garrett was the starter at this spot at the end of last spring, capped by an A-Day performance that saw him land the game's defensive MVP award. Just before last season began, however, he sprained his foot. Therezie slid into the starting lineup and played so well that by the time Garrett got back, the coaching staff decided to shift him to weakside linebacker. And at the start of this spring, Garrett was effectively cross-training at both Star and linebacker. For all intents and purposes, it appears Garrett is now a full-time Star once more.

After the season Therezie had in 2013, it would be crazy not to have him at the top of the depth chart. If anyone can supplant him, though, it would be the ultra-talented-but-injury-prone Garrett.

It will be a fun spot to watch once the fall gets here, and irrespective of who starts, the Tigers can rest comfortably knowing that their cup runneth over in regard to options.

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