AUBURN, Ala. — Ellis Johnson went into Auburn's scrimmage Wednesday with one overriding objective: to evaluate his entire depth chart. The defensive coordinator, who met with reporters following Thursday's practice, explained this entailed focusing his attention on the players who haven't had much action in regular season contests.
The Tigers' veteran players, Johnson said, received between 12 and 20 snaps in a pair of drills and in the early portion of the scrimmage. Then the younger players took center stage.
"The guys that have not had a lot of work around here got the bulk of the repetition, so we got a lot of information on a lot of guys. Not sure we're ready to draw the line on all of them, but we're starting to get some guys make some moves and kind of clear it up," Johnson said. "We've still got a lot of competition going on for a lot of two-deep spots, maybe a couple of starting positions, you know, are dead-even, but we've still got a lot of work to do to find out who the true two-deep is."
The scrimmage consisted of approximately 72 plays, with Johnson noting there was a "24-play blitz period." In addition, the Tigers did a half-line drill that helped the coaching staff get a better feel for the defensive linemen.
After seven practices and a scrimmage, Johnson says he has already seen signs of progress from the team's newcomers as well as those who enrolled in the spring.
Still, it's far too early to start making any final determinations on the makeup of the two-deep.
"I couldn't write the depth chart for you now," Johnson said, "but we're starting to get a feel for who we can count on."