Auburn Football: 5 Players Who Have the Most to Lose in Fall Practice
Fall camp is the time when all the cards are on the table and every position is up for grabs. No one is guaranteed a starting spot and even the veteran starters must work for the honors.
Every player has the world to gain during this time, but some players have the world to lose as well.
Here are five players that have the most to lose in fall camp.
Defensive end, 6'3", 258 lbs.
Nosa Eguae started 24 games for the Tigers in the past two years, but his time as a starter is drawing dangerously close to an end.
His 38 tackles with no sacks in 2011 shows there could be a lot of room for improvement, but he had better make it quick.
Hot on his heels is 6'2", 245-pound Dee Ford, the defensive MVP of the spring scrimmage. Ford would be a perfect bookend to compliment Corey Lemonier and appears to be the front-runner for the position.
Eguae is a quality player, but the depth on the Tigers' defensive line is too deep to keep him as a starter unless something big happens.
Running back, 5'11", 174 lbs.
A lot of Auburn fans seem content with the possibility of Onterio McCalebb playing second fiddle to Tre Mason.
I would daresay that McCalebb is not content with that idea.
Contrary to popular belief, McCalebb does have what it takes to receive the majority of the carries for the Tigers.
He has proven he can get solid yardage in any situation, and though he is a perimeter specialist, he can get it done between the tackles as well.
McCalebb is going into his final year with Auburn and will have fierce competition from three bigger players that are just as talented. Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Mike Blakely will be fighting McCalebb for carries all season.
Linebacker, 5'11", 225 lbs.
Jonathan Evans will be one of the most seasoned players in 2012 after he began his career as a solid contributor in 2009.
He missed all of spring practice recovery from injury, and though he has a lot of experience, he also has some youngsters looking to replace him.
Evans will be facing some fierce competition, especially from former 5-star linebacker Kris Frost.
Jake Holland and Daren Bates have been productive and will continue to be, which leaves Evans as the weakest of the three most experienced linebackers.
Wide receiver, 5'9", 188 lbs.
If there is one Auburn player that is pretty much guaranteed a starting position, it is wideout Emory Blake. The same cannot be said for Travante Stallworth.
The senior and former 3-star prospect is about to get his last chance to prove his worth.
He had 13 catches for 214 yards in 2011, but must look a lot better this fall to earn playing time over guys like Trovon Reed and Quan Bray.
Of all the wideouts projected to get significant playing time, Stallworth is the most undersized. The rest of Auburn's receivers are either six feet or taller.
Quarterback, 6'4", 223 lbs.
Clint Moseley narrowly lost the starting position last fall to Barrett Trotter, but eventually took over halfway through the season after Trotter struggled mightily.
As a rookie quarterback that didn't have the confidence needed in the SEC, Moseley didn't do too bad in his six starts with a 61.1 completion percentage for 800 yards.
Moseley's competition will come from Kiehl Frazier, who looks better and better with time and clearly looks more comfortable in the Tigers' new offensive scheme.
I'm looking at Moseley to win the battle, but it won't take much more than one slip-up for Frazier to overtake him.