Auburn is hoping for a better defensive performance this season with nine starters returning. The entire secondary comes back for another season and will hope to improve after finishing ranked eighth in the SEC in pass defense.
The secondary was one of the few bright spots last year, allowing only three teams to pass for 250 or more yards.
A similar effort will be needed this season if Auburn hopes to compete for a bowl game, as the defense will face some of the best quarterbacks the SEC has to offer. That includes last year's Heisman winner, a three-time national champion and a couple of other quarterbacks who are on the rise.