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Defensive Line is one of the deepest positions on the Auburn football team
A consistent message throughout spring and fall camp has been that the Auburn defensive line is as good as there is in the SEC.
The playing rotation could feature as many as six to eight players. Auburn needs that sort of depth to put consistent pressure on opposing offenses.
As it is with any team in college football, the Auburn defense will not be successful unless it can stop the run. For example, look at Auburn's 2010 national championship team. There were a lot of deficiencies on that defense, but the ability to stop the run kept Auburn in every game.
All 11 players on the depth chart could see the field against Clemson. Auburn will need to have fresh legs on the defensive line due to the speed at which Clemson's offense runs plays. Coaches will have to figure out the right time to substitute. As we saw with Gus Malzahn's offense, that can cause problems.
There are no "left" and "right" defensive ends. Coach Mike Pelton will use different combinations. For example, he may put Corey Lemonier opposite Craig Sanders or Dee Ford opposite Nosa Eguae.
Ford suffered a herniated disk early in the season last year and has fought his way back to a starting role.
Sanders has mostly made his mark on special teams his first two years. After bulking up to 257 pounds, he can provide speed and power as a defensive end.
Lemonier is probably the most "NFL ready" player on the defense. He was a preseason All-SEC first- team selection.
On the interior, Angelo Blackson has made big strides and gets the starting nod alongside Jeffrey Whitaker, who has performed well in fall scrimmages.
The Auburn defensive line is expected to make a big impact this season.
|Defensive End ||Corey Lemonier ||6'4", 246 Jr
| ||Ladarius Owens ||6'2", 260 So
|Defensive End ||Dee Ford ||6'2", 246 Jr
| ||Craig Sanders ||6'4", 257 Jr
| ||Nosa Eguae ||6'3", 268 Jr
|Defensive Tackle ||Angelo Blackson ||6'4", 308 So
| ||Kenneth Carter ||6'4", 289 Jr
| ||Devaunte Sigler ||6'4", 291 So
|Defensive Tackle ||Jeffrey Whitaker ||6'4", 307 Jr
| ||Gabe Wright ||6'3", 299 So
| ||Tyler Nero ||6'2", 277 Fr