Malzahn releases Auburn's post-spring depth chart

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. (

AUBURN Auburn coach Gus Malzahn presented his subject-to-change depth chart Wednesday, saying his defense{}improved over the course of spring practice.

Complete depth chart released:


Quarterback:{}Kiehl Frazier, Jonathan Wallace {}

Running back:{}Tre Mason, Cameron Artis-Payne, Corey Grant

H-back:{}Jay Prosch, Ricky Parks

Wide receiver:{}Jaylon Denson, Sammie Coates

Wide receiver/Flanker: Trovon Reed, Ricardo Louis

Wide receiver/Slot: Quan Bray {}

Tight end:{}C.J. Uzomah, Brandon Fulse

Left Tackle:{}Greg Robinson, Shon Coleman {}

Left Guard: Alex Kozan, Devonte Danzey

Center:{}Reese Dismukes, Tunde Fariyike

Right Guard:{}Chad Slade, Jordan Diamond

Right Tackle:{}Patrick Miller, Avery Young {}{}


Defensive end:{}Dee Ford, Craig Sanders

Defensive tackle: Jeff Whitaker, Ben Bradley

Defensive tackle:{}Gabe Wright, Angelo Blackson

Defensive end:{} Ken Carter, Nosa Eguae

Mike linebacker:{}Kris Frost, Jake Holland

Will linebacker: Cassanova McKinzy, JaViere Mitchell, LaDarius Owens

Cornerback:{}Chris Davis, Ryan White

Cornerback:{}Jonathon Mincy, Jonathan Jones

Star Safety: Justin Garrett, Robenson Therezie

Free Safety:{}Jermaine Whitehead, Ryan Smith

Safety: Josh Holsey, Trent Fisher, T.J. Davis

Malzahn also talked about players as he went down his list. Checking it twice, he didn't specifically name a starter or the backup. What did he say? He said the following about some defensive players, in the order he mentioned them:

Defensive end Dee Ford:

"I've talked about him before being a pass-rushing guy who can really put some pressure on the quarterback." Craig Sanders is also at the defensive end spot.{}

Defensive end Ken Carter:

"A guy that's played inside in the past. Very physical guy. He improved his pass rushing as the spring went on. Nosa Eguae also had a very solid spring."{}

"The thing that stands out to me is that those are all four older guys and they've got experience. That's a good thing," Malzahn said.{}

Defensive tackles Jeff Whitaker and Ben Bradley:

"Both those guys did a very good job. Ben, as the spring went on, you could see he improved greatly. That's what usually happens with the junior college guys."{}

Defensive tackles Gabe Wright and Angelo Blackson:

"Both of them are athletic and I really felt like improved. Up front, that's some veteran guys so we feel good about the foundation we have moving forward."{}

Hybrid/Star safety Justin Garrett:

"You heard about him during the spring. We really felt like he was one of our more consistent guys."{}

Outside linebackers: Cassanova McKinzy and JaViere Mitchell:

"JaViere is a guy that coach really felt he came on. I kind of want to put in LaDarius Owens, too. Either or of those positions. You're talking about a guy that's played defensive end the last couple of years and is moving back to the back end and really came on."{}

Cornerbacks {}Chris Davis and Ryan White:

"Both those guys are veteran guys that understand what's going on."{}

Cornerbacks Jonathon Mincy and Jonathan Jones:

"Jonathan Jones, he's not a very big guy but he really laid some big hits. You saw him in the spring game. He made an outstanding hit. {}{}Mincy also had a very solid spring. A veteran guy, also."{}

Free safety:{} Jermaine Whitehead and Ryan Smith:

"Jermaine Whitehead was probably the safety that had just an excellent spring. Coaches were very high on him and really did a solid job, along with Ryan Smith."{}

Boundary safety Josh Holsey, Trent Fisher and T.J. Davis:

{} "Josh Holsey was a guy that was playing corner and transitioned that last week-or-so of practice to safety and came on really strong." On Fisher and Davis: "Both those guys did some solid things. T.J. is a young guy. Trent is a guy that played some last year and really came on with a good spring."

Defensive back Demetruce McNeal (previously suspended):

Malzahn said McNeal is back after resolving off-the-field issues.{}

"He'll be in the mix. He'll have a chance," Malzahn said

Source:{} Charles Goldberg,