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Auburn reveals week one depth chart for opener against Clemson

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn at practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the university's athletic complex.
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn at practice on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2016 at the university's athletic complex. mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn announced the two-deep depth chart for its opener against Clemson Tuesday.

Coach Gus Malzahn previously announced Sean White as the team’s quarterback last week, but saved the rest of the lineup for game week.

Many of the unknowns were still on the offensive side of the ball with Auburn waiting to announce the team’s backup quarterback, starting wide receivers and running back.

Malzahn cleared up two of the three with Tuesday’s announcement.

White’s backup was announced as Jeremy Johnson OR John Franklin III, one of six “ORs” listed next to players’ names on the offensive side of the ball.

“As far as two and three are concerned, we’re not ready to say who would be the first one in,” Malzahn said. “I would say both the guys are good at certain things.”

Auburn will go with sophomore Kerryon Johnson as the team’s starting running back and Kamryn Pettway as the backup. The team’s starting receivers will be Marcus Davis, Ryan Davis, Stanton Truitt OR Will Hastings and Darius Slayton.

Malzahn is going into the game expecting Johnson is capable of being the team’s feature back.

“We recruited him to be the guy,” Malzahn said. “In fairness to him he was banged up as a true freshman and he continued to play when some guys wouldn’t play. I know he’s a tough guy, he’s a confident guy, he’s ready for the challenge.”

The starting offensive line is as expected with Austin Golson at left tackle, Alex Kozan at left guard, Xavieer Dampeer at center, Braden Smith at right guard and Robert Leff at right tackle.

Auburn’s defense features the lone true freshman listed as a starter in Marlon Davidson. He is the starting defensive end listed opposite Carl Lawson with Montravius Adams and Dontavius Russell at the tackle spots.

“He had a very good spring,” Malzahn said. “He got here early, and anytime a freshman gets here early, they got a chance to show what they can do. He made an immediate impact in the spring that’s carried over into fall camp. He’s got an opportunity to start as a true freshman, which is rare up front.”

The linebackers could feature a number of combinations with two starting positions listed as OR — Deshaun Davis OR Tre’ Williams at middle linebacker and Montavius Atkinson OR T.J. Neal on the weakside. Darrell Williams is listed as the team’s starting strong side linebacker.

Auburn’s secondary features Javaris Davis (DB), Rudy Ford (FS), Tray Matthews (SS) and Carlton Davis (DB). Ford is also listed as the team’s top safety at nickel.

Stephen Roberts, who was arrested last week, wasn’t included on the depth chart. Malzahn announced Roberts is suspended for the opener and his status will be revaluated on a week-to-week basis.

Quick hits

  • Prince Tega Wanogho is listed as the team’s backup right tackle. The redshirt freshman switched positions from the defensive side of the ball before training camp. He spent the early portion of camp in a boot recovering from surgery, but still managed to climb the depth chart to be Leff’s backup.
  • Two other true freshman on defense that could see playing time in addition to Davidson are Derrick Brown and John Broussard Jr. Broussard is listed as Carlton Davis’ backup at cornerback. With expected starter Jamel Dean’s injury, Broussard could see playing time early in the season. Brown is one of the 11 players listed on depth chart at defenisve line.
  • Many of Auburn’s standout freshman class of receivers are in the mix for playing time. Nate Craig-Myers, Eli Stove and Kyle Davis are all listed as backups.
  • The only other true freshman on the offensive depth chart is Landon Rice, who will backup Chandler Cox at h-back and is listed as starter alongside Jalen Harris at tight end.

Offense

Quarterback

  • Sean White
  • Jeremy Johnson OR
  • John Franklin III

Running back

  • Kerryon Johnson
  • Kamryn Pettway

H-Back

  • Chandler Cox
  • Landon Rice

Tight End

  • Jalen Harris OR
  • Landon Rice

Wide Receiver

  • Marcus Davis
  • Nate Craig-Myers OR
  • Jason Smoth

Wide Receiver

  • Ryan Davis
  • Eli Stove

Wide Receiver

  • Stanton Truitt OR
  • Will Hastings

Wide Receiver

  • Darius Slayton
  • Tony Stevens OR
  • Kyle Davis

Left Tackle

  • Austin Golson
  • Darius James

Left Guard

  • Alex Kozan
  • Deon Mix OR
  • Marquel Harrell

Center

  • Xavier Dampeer
  • Kaleb Kim

Right Guard

  • Braden Smith
  • Mike Horton

Right Tackle

  • Robert Leff
  • Prince Tega Wanogho

Special Teams

Placekicker

  • Daniel Carlson
  • Ian Shannon

Punter

  • Kevin Phillips
  • Ian Shannon

Holder

  • Tyler Stovall
  • John Franklin III

Long snapper

  • Ike Powell
  • Zach Wade OR
  • Clarke Smith

Punt Returner

  • Marcus Davis
  • Ryan Davis

Kick Returner

  • Rudy Ford OR
  • Kerryon Johnson
  • Kam Martin AND
  • Stanton Truitt

Defense

Buck

  • Carl Lawson
  • Jeff Holland

Defensive tackle

  • Dontavius Russell
  • Maurice Swain Jr. OR
  • Andrew Williams

Defensive tackle

  • Montravius Adams
  • Derrick Brown OR
  • Devaroe Lawrence

Defensive end

  • Marlon Davidson
  • Byron Cowart OR
  • Paul James III

Middle linebacker

  • Deshaun Davis OR
  • Tre’ Williams

Weakside linebacker

  • Montavius Atkinson OR
  • T.J. Neal

Strongside linebacker

  • Darrell Williams
  • Richard McBryde

Cornerback

  • Javaris Davis
  • Joshua Holsey

Free Safety

  • Rudy Ford
  • Nick Ruffin

Strong Safety

  • Tray Matthews
  • Markell Boston

Cornerback

  • Carlton Davis
  • John Broussard Jr.

Nickel

  • Rudy Ford
  • Joshua Holsey
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