While Cam Newton and the dynamic Auburn offense grabbed all of the headlines during the Tigers' run to the 2010 BCS National Championship, it was a defensive line that went about eight deep that allowed the Tigers to continually bring pressure and put its offense in good positions.
It appears first-year head coach Gus Malzahn will be replicating that plan in the near future.
Auburn landed some big-time prospects on the defensive line on national signing day, including 247Sports.com 5-star defensive end Carl Lawson, 5-star defensive end Elijah Daniel and 5-star defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
Talk about star power up front.
Flipping Daniel from Ole Miss was huge for Malzahn. The 6'4", 250-pound strong side defensive end from Avon, Ind., is the sixth-ranked strong side defensive end in the country. It was a late-season coup for Malzahn and Co. to land Daniel, especially after his commitment to the Rebels. Combined with Lawson, look out SEC.
But it doesn't end there.
Adams, a 6'4", 310-pound beast in the middle, will force opposing offensive linemen to double-team him and free Auburn's defensive ends to pin their ears back and go after the quarterback. The Dooly County, Ga., native visited Auburn over the weekend and completed the 5-star defensive line trifecta for Auburn on national signing day.
The presence of the three 5-star defensive line studs will allow Johnson to rotate defensive linemen throughout the game and keep them fresh for a full 60 minutes.
The Tigers have all of the ingredients to be very solid up front in 2013, and the outlook got better on national signing day.