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April 16, 2014

Auburn football: Ellis Johnson makes place for 'big package' with Adams and Wright at defensive end

AUBURN, Ala. — When defensive tackles Montravius Adams and Gabe Wright started taking reps at end this spring, it was merely a way to boost depth at an injury-ravaged position. Originally, that’s all it was, with Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson deeming it “more as a necessity than as an evaluation.” That’s no longer the case. After seeing how well both have played at end, Johnson has included a super-sized package with the four linemen in his 4-2-5 scheme.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.