OFFENSE: Tre Smith-FB, Kenny Irons-TB, Courtney Taylor-WR, Lee Guess-WR, Cole Bennett-TE, Ben Grubbs-OG, Joe Cope-C, Tim Duckworth-OG, Jonathan Palmer-OT, John Vaughn-K
DEFENSE: Marquies Gunn-DE, Chris Browder-DE, Karibi Dede-LB, Will Herring-LB, David Irons-CB, Kody Bliss-P
Defensive Line/Secondary

Auburn's defense is capable of carrying the load. The formula is simple - Quentin Groves and the DL stuff the run and pressure the QB while the secondary amply covers the pass…a nice combination for the SEC.

Offensive Line

Some new faces need to step in (and quick) up front or life could get uneasy for an unproven backfield.

QB Brandon Cox
DE Quentin Groves

* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2007 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Brandon Cox-Sr Blake Field-Jr
FB Carl Stewart-Sr ..
TB Brad Lester-Jr Ben Tate-So
WR Rodgeriqus Smith-Jr Montez Billings-So
WR Prechae Rodriguez-Sr Robert Dunn-Jr
TE Tommy Trott-So Gabe McKenzie-So
OT King Dunlap-Sr ..
OG .. ..
C Jason Bosley-Jr ..
OG Leon Hart-Sr ..
OT .. ..
K .. ..
DE .. ..
NG Josh Thompson-Sr ..
DT Sen'Derrick Marks-So Pat Sims-Jr
DE Quentin Groves-Sr Antonio Coleman-So
LB Steve Gandy-Jr ..
LB .. ..
LB Merrill Johnson-Jr Tray Blackmon-So
CB .. ..
CB Jonathan Wilhite-Sr Patrick Lee-Sr
SS Eric Brock-Sr Lorenzo Ferguson-Jr
FS Aairon Savage-So Jerraud Powers-So
P .. ..

The combinations on paper don't add up to a banner year for Auburn in 2007. That's on paper. But coach Tommy Tuberville has a capable understanding of what it takes to win games in the SEC. Picking an offensive star proves difficult. Some Auburn fans may be left wondering how QB Brandon Cox can be considered their best offensive weapon given his sub-par 13:9 TD:INT ratio this past fall. But Cox is a senior now and has been guiding this offense under coordinator Al Borges for three seasons. Most of Auburn's top award winners will have moved on, including workhorse TB Kenny Irons. The current group of RBs has potential with guys like Lester, Tate and Stewart, but has yet to show they can truly carry the baton handed down from Carnell Williams/Ronnie Brown and Kenny Irons. The task of finding another 1000-yard ball carrier gets even more muddled as the jest of the OL departs - names such as Grubbs and Duckworth will be making paydays playing on Sundays. After big play receiver Courtney Taylor, who also will depart to play at the next level, a big drop off exists in terms of sheer production from the remaining incumbents…someone has to step up. While not impossible to make this offensive system work, the task will be the most challenging since Borges took over the play calling. Auburn will need to ride the back of the defense as the new season gets started, which isn't so bad given the strength of the DL and cover men. DE Quentin Groves is capable of reaching a double-digit sack total (9.5 sacks in 2006). Stop the pass, stop the run, and expect some low scoring affairs in the Tigers’ near future. For this team to compete for an SEC Championship, Brandon Cox has to play like a senior while one of the TBs emerges as another one of those physical, big yardage backs to which fans have become accustomed. For such an occurrence to parlay into success, hope lies on the OL to find some new faces worthy of filling some big shoes.



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