The Program: A Quick Look at the Auburn Tigers

Michael FelderNational CFB Lead WriterFebruary 21, 2013

Auburn kicks off spring ball later in March but, with all the transition on The Plains, we figured we'd take a look at what the Tigers have in store heading into Gus Malzahn's first year at the helm.

For Auburn fans the offense is going to be a blessing. After the year with Scot Loeffler that showcased a slipshod scheme and inconsistent performance, the new coach comes in with a real plan. A plan that Auburn fans will certainly recognize from their recent past. While they will have a bit of a quarterback battle on their hands this spring, the offense, as a whole, should be healthier in 2013.

On defense, there is plenty of room for improvement. The defensive line will be the strong suit thanks to ends Nosa Eguae and Dee Ford, but the back-seven will have to prove themselves for new coordinator, Ellis Johnson. 

The big question mark will be the hybrid spot. At South Carolina, Johnson called him the "Spur" and on the The Plains that player will have big shoes to fill. The pass defense a year ago was markedly better than the rush defense, but teams didn't have to throw when they piled up yards on the ground.

Ellis Johnson has his work cut out for him and finding that "Star" player at the hybrid spot will be high on the priorities this spring.