Auburn's Year: Now Or When?

Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IJanuary 26, 2010

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 27:  Terrell Zachery #81 of the Auburn Tigers against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 27, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Auburn has created a buzz in the recruiting rankings in Gene Chizik's second year. And, with just a few days left until the ink is put to paper one of Auburn's high commits is visiting another big time SEC program.

Shon Coleman, a blue chip offensive tackle, is coming to the grounds of Alabama. However, he is going to go to Auburn.

They need him more than Alabama.

Auburn's immediate success does not depend on Shon Coleman but their very near future does.

With such a great recruiting class coming in one would tend to think that in a couple of years Auburn will be very successful. I am having a little trouble figuring that out.

Not that I don't think the Tigers can't have success. I am wondering when they will have the whole machine in place to have this success.

Right now, from an offensive side of the ball, they lost their number one running back and starting quarterback. The good thing is they keep pretty much the entire offensive line.

With incoming JUCO transfer quarterback Camron Newton and #1 rated running back recruit Michael Dyer, along with Darvin Adams plus the minutia players; this years Auburn offense may very well be at a pinnacle point.

For all intensive purposes, this years offense should produce better numbers than last years offense. And, should be looking at a shot for winning ten games with a seasoned defense.

After this year the offensive line graduates and you will see four to five new starters. Auburn also loses three seasoned wide receivers after this fall as well. That could throw a monkey wrench in things for 2011. 

Not to mention you may see five or even six departing seniors on defense. This could put the offense in a position were they don't see the field as much. You can't score if you can't get your defense off the field.

After 2011 Camron Newton will more than likely be heading for the pros. Time to break in a new QB.

2012, if Camron is still around, (not sure of his eligibility) you could then see a rock solid offense, including a seasoned Shon Coleman and senior DeAngelo Benton, with a stable of running backs led by Michael Dyer.

Quarterback play will be key in the 2012 season. If you have it then all of the cards should be in place to make a run for the SEC championship game and who knows what else.