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Auburn offers brief look at lineup

Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson hands off to running back Roc Thomas at spring practice Tuesday.
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson hands off to running back Roc Thomas at spring practice Tuesday. Ledger-Enquirer.com

Auburn opened spring practice to the media for a few extra minutes on Tuesday at the university’s athletic complex.

The Tigers ran 11 on 11 drills in front of reporters for the first time this spring revealing an early look at the team’s depth chart.

Embattled quarterback Jeremy Johnson was under center with the first-team offense. The senior lined up with running back Roc Thomas in the backfield, receivers Tony Stevens and Ryan Davis split out wide and tight end Jalen Harris.

Auburn’s offensive line featured the team’s trio of returning starters with Alex Kozan at left guard, Austin Golson at center and Braden Smith at right guard. Robert Leff played at left tackle with Texas transfer Darius James on the opposite side.

For the second-team offense, quarterback Sean White stepped in along with running back Jovon Robinson. True freshman Landon Rice was at tight end and White’s receivers were Darius Slayton and Jason Smith.

The second-team line featured Jordan Diamond at left tackle, Marquel Harrell at left guard, Xavier Dampeer at center, Mike Horton at right guard and Tyler Carr at right tackle.

Johnson and White each missed on one deep pass attempt during the open viewing window. Each quarterback ran one series of plays without huddling.

Highly touted junior college transfer John Franklin III was the third-team quarterback. True freshman Malik Miller was Franklin’s running back with Logan Rice and Griffin King at receiver.

The third-team line included Bailey Sharp at left tackle, Deon Mix at left guard, Kaleb Kim at center, Ryan Meneely at right guard and Tucker Brown at right tackle.

Auburn’s first-team defense had plenty of familiar faces with defensive end Carl Lawson, defensive tackle Devaroe Lawrence, linebacker Tre Williams, defensive back Carlton Davis, safety Stephen Roberts, safety Nick Ruffin and nickel Tim Irvin lining up at the positions they started games at last year.

Rounding out the first-team defense was Maurice Swain at tackle, Raashed Kennion at linebacker and Javaris Davis at defensive back.

With spring practice still in its early stages, and a number of impact players sidelined with injuries, the lineups likely change multiple times during a given practice.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said as much when he stressed the first two weeks of spring practice would be used to give players a “foundation” to build on for the rest of the offseason. He plans on consistently rotating players around the first two weeks of practice before establishing a firmer two-deep depth chart when the team returns from a week off for spring break on March 20.

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