Auburn Defense Looking to Welcome Much Needed Depth

Dione Thrift@DThriftWarEagleContributor IFebruary 4, 2010

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 19:  Daren Bates #25 and Josh Bynes #17 of the Auburn Tigers celebrate Bynes interception in the final minutes of their 41-30 win over the West Virginia Mountaineers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It's no secret that depth on the Auburn Tiger's defense was poor. The Tigers even had to pull a few players from offense and move them to defense.  In the Outback Bowl only four scholarship linebackers were able to play in the game. 

The Tigers will return many of their starters such as Josh Bynes, Craig Stevens, and Antoine Carter. Also Auburn will return a few familiar faces that were missing in action this season in Mike McNeil and Aairon Savage. Both are experienced defensive backs that will no doubt help boost the secondary. 

With Antonio Coleman gone the Tigers will need to find a replacement.

A few new players are expected to come in and compete for playing time include Joel Bonolomo, Cory Lemonier, and Craig Sanders. Also La'Darius Owens, Jake Holland, and Jawara White might see a lot of playing time helping out current linebackers. 

With depth, Auburn's defense will look to have a better season.