Auburn Football 2011: A Quick Look at the Tigers' Offensive Depth Chart

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Auburn Football 2011: A Quick Look at the Tigers' Offensive Depth Chart
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There were very few surprises in the offensive depth chart that was released for the Utah State game. While this is certainly the depth chart for that particular game today, it can—and will—change with time. All depth charts are fluid due to player performance and anticipated schemes when facing different opponents.

 

Quarterback

No surprises here as head coach Gene Chizik had already announced that Barrett Trotter would start this game. What can be gathered from this game is the confidence the staff has in Trotter. If they play him the entire game and it is a blowout, this could mean the staff thinks he needs all the reps he can get. If they play two or more quarterbacks and Trotter is doing well, fans can assume the confidence level of the staff is high for this position.

Starter: Barrett Trotter, 6’2” and 207 pounds

2: Clint Moseley, 6’4” and 223 pounds

3: Kiehl Frazier, 6’2” and 220 pounds

 

Receiver 1

Many had anticipated that Emory Blake would replace Darvin Adams at this slot for 2011. This is actually exactly what has happened. There is a catch, though, as Blake will likely line up at other positions regularly and DeAngelo Benton will likely step in to this position.

Starter: Emory Blake, 6’2” and 197 pounds

2: DeAngelo Benton, 6’2” and 203 pounds

 

Receiver 2

This is the position vacated by the graduated Terrell Zachery. Quindarius Carr is no surprise in the deep-threat position.

Starter: Quindarius Carr, 6’1” and 185 pounds

2: Trovon Reed, 6’0” and 183 pounds

3: Quan Bray, 5’10” and 185 pounds

 

Receiver 3

This is the position that was played so well by Kodi Burns in 2010.

Starter: Travante Stallworth, 5’9” and 190 pounds

2: C.J. Uzomah, 6’4” and 236 pounds

3: Jaylon Denson, 6’3” and 197 pounds

 

H-Back/Tight End

Starter: Philip Lutzenkirchen, 6’5” and 250 pounds, tight end

2: Brandon Fulse, 6’4” and 238 pounds, tight end

1: Ladarious Phillips, 6’0” and 291 pounds, full back

 

Running Back

This position was a bit of a surprise. Everyone knew both Mike Dyer and Onterio McCalebb would play major roles, but McCalebb’s blocking ability had kept him from being the starter. It appears the staff has decided he has improved enough in that area to get the nod this season.

Starter: Onterio McCalebb, 5’11” and 174 pounds

1: Mike Dyer, 5’9” and 210 pounds

2: Tre Mason, 5’10” and 190 pounds

 

Center

There were no surprises at this position, as Blake Burgess and Reese Dismukes had battled it out for months. What some do not realize is that there was a third option who was more than adequate, but was slightly behind the first two.

Starter: Reese Dismukes, 6’3” and 300 pounds

1: Blake Burgess, 6’3” and 285 pounds

2: Tunde Fariyike, 6’2” and 290 pounds

(Note: Both Burgess and Fariyike are cross trained to play guard as well. Expect them to add depth at guard to reduce fatigue due to offensive tempo this year.)

 

Left Tackle

There are no surprises here as the veteran Brandon Mosley owns the position.

Starter: Brandon Mosley, 6’6” and 305 pounds

2: Greg Robinson, 6’5” and 315 pounds

 

Right Tackle

There was a bit of a surprise at this position as the redshirt freshman Chad Slade upset the veteran A.J. Greene and won the starting nod.

Starter: Chad Slade, 6’5” and 308 pounds

2: A.J. Greene, 6’5” and 295 pounds

 

Left Guard

This position turned out as most expected with Jared Cooper winning the nod in a close contest.

Starter: Jared Cooper, 6’4” and 296 pounds

1: Christian Westerman, 6’3” and 280 pounds

 

Right Guard

Starter: John Sullen, 6’5” and 333 pounds

2: Eric Mack, 6’3” and 315 pounds

 

Some Stats

Average Height Starting Offensive Line: 6’4.5”

Average Weight Starting Offensive Line: 308 pounds

Average Height Offensive Line: 6’4”

Average Weight Offensive Line: 302 pounds

 

Two very obvious things jump out when analyzing this offensive depth chart. The first is that the targets for the quarterback are taller, larger and faster than they were as a unit in 2010. The second is that the offensive line depth and quality is simply unparalleled on any SEC team this season.  

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