Auburn Football: 5 Position Battles to Watch Going into Spring Practice

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Auburn Football: 5 Position Battles to Watch Going into Spring Practice
John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports
Photo credit: Todd Van Emst / Auburn media relations

Next Thursday, March 27, the Auburn football team will take the field for the very first time under new head coach Gus Malzahn. 

The Tigers will squeeze in 15 practices this spring in preparation for the annual A-day game on April 20. 

As with any transition from an old coaching staff to a new one, a clean slate is available for each player to prove himself in front of the new staff. Every position is open for competition.

The transition from former coach Gene Chizik to Malzahn will be smoother than most since Malzahn is only one year removed from being the Tigers offensive coordinator and is very familiar with most of the players. 

On the offensive side, the majority of the players were recruited by Malzahn and he knows what each player is capable of.

Defensively, Auburn will be making a small transition from the 4-3 base defense to defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson's 4-2-5 base defense. The new defense will feature a hybrid linebacker and defensive back known as the "star" position.

Although each position will be up for grabs in spring practice, here are five that you need to keep a close eye on.  

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