Auburn is not short on young talent heading into 2013, but the team does lack developed players at key positions. There is a drop off in talent that is game-day ready, and that is why the Tigers pulled in a ton of JUCO transfers in this recruiting cycle.
The Tigers went through a tough coaching transition this winter when Gene Chizik was shown the door in favor of Gus Malzahn. A lot of changes came with the Malzahn staff, but the most obvious has been on the recruiting trail with the return of JUCO talent.
Gene Chizik won a national title in 2010 around JUCO athletes like Cam Newton and Nick Fairley, but the Tigers got away from prep and JUCO players later in his tenure. Malzahn brought back the strategy in full force, bringing in six transfers so far in the 2013 class.
Malzahn may not be finished as the Tigers are also in the running for a seventh JUCO transfer. Toby Johnson (No. 3 JUCO defensive tackle) is set to announce his decision on February 19 with Auburn being one of four finalists.
Here is a look at the six transfers that are expected to challenge for playing time immediately this fall.