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Analyzing Auburn’s Depth Chart for Washington

We are four days from kick-off. Gone are the click-bait articles and in are the articles with substance. No articles have more substance than what War Blogle produces. Articles like Ranking the 2018 Schedule and The First Look – Washington, and One Sentence Predictions. Continuing the theme of articles with substance, here is an analysis of the Depth Chart for Washington.

OFFENSE

QB
1. 8 JARRETT STIDHAM (6-3, 215, Jr.)
2. 14 Malik Willis (6-1, 195, So)
3. 13 Joey Gatewood (6-5, 237, Fr.) –OR–
3. 24 Cord Sandberg (6-3, 215, Fr.)

Jarrett Stidham gained a pound since last year. Joey Gatewood continues to be listed as number “13” and I literally laughed out loud at “Cord Sandberg – Freshman”

RB
1. 9 KAM MARTIN (5-10, 193, Jr)
2. 28 JaTarvious Whitlow (6-0, 214, RFr.)

Interested to see who will establish themselves as the next feature back at Auburn. Kam Martin is listed as the starter, he was solid behind Kerryon Johnson last season. Martin, like Stidham, is from Texas. You heard it here first.

HB
1. 27 CHANDLER COX (6-1, 242, SR.)
2. 99 Spencer Nigh (6-0, 269, Jr.) –OR–
2. 29 Harold Joiner (6-4, 214, Fr.)

Ol’ reliable Chandler Cox gained 23 pounds since game 1 of last year.

TE
1. 85 JALEN HARRIS (6-4, 254, Sr.)
2. 86 Tucker Brown (6-3, 289, Sr.)
3. 47 John Samuel Shenker (6-3, 248, RFr.)

This is still a position?

WR (9/split end)
1. 81 DARIUS SLAYTON (6-2, 190, Jr.)
1. 11 Shedrick Jackson (6-0, 204, Fr.)

WR (3/slot)
1. 3 NATE CRAIG-MYERS (6-2, 214, Jr.)
2. 17 Marquis McClain (6-2, 217, So.) –OR–
2. 18 Seth Williams (6-3. 210, Fr.)

WR (5/big slot)
1. 80 SAL CANNELLA (6-5, 232, Jr.)
2. 19 Matthew Hill (6-1, 184, Fr.)

WR
1. 23 RYAN DAVIS (5-9, 185, Sr.)
2. 6 Anthony Schwartz (6-0, 180, Fr.)

I said last year that this will be the most exciting group in Auburn history. They had a great showing last year, and it will only get better. Look at Sal Canella…

LT
1. 76 PRINCE TEGA WANOGHO (6-7, 307, Jr.)
2. 66 Bailey Sharp (6-5, 307, Jr.)

LG
1. 77 MARQUEL HARRELL (6-3, 307, Jr.)
2. 56 Tashawn Manning (6-3, 323, RFr.)

C
1. 54 KALEB KIM (6-4, 300, Jr.)
2. 52 Nick Brahms (6-3, 304, RFr.)

RG
1. 64 MIKE HORTON (6-4, 300, Jr.)
2. 70 Calvin Ashley (6-6, 322, RFr.)

RT
1. 71 JACK DRISCOLL (6-5, 300, Jr.)
2. 68 Austin Troxell (6-6, 305, RFr.)

We will see what this line has in store. They should be solid, but it may take a few weeks to gel like we’ve seen just about every year under Malzahn.

DEFENSE

BUCK
1. 91 NICK COE (6-5, 282, So.)
2. 55 TD Moultry (6-2, 245, So.)
2. 27 Richard Jibunor (6-3, 215, Fr.)

Nick Coe is being talked about on a national stage and he hasn’t be listed higher than second on a two deep. Carl Lawson, to Jeff Holland, to Nick Coe – this position continues to dominate.

DT
1. 95 DONTAVIUS RUSSELL (6-3, 320, Sr.)
2. 94 Tyrone Truesdell (6-2, 314, So.)
3. 62 Jaunta’vius Johnson (6-2, 305, Fr.) –OR–
3. 8 Coynis Miller Jr. (6-2, 305, Fr.)

DT
1. 5 DERRICK BROWN (6-5, 320, Jr.)
2. 79 Andrew Williams (6-4, 290, Sr.)
3. 44 Daquan Newkirk (6-3, 306, So.)

DE
1. 3 MARLON DAVIDSON (6-3, 278, Jr.)
2. 1 Big Kat Bryant (6-5, 253. So.)

Same three starters for this position group, mostly the same backups, added some freshman depth, this unit should DOMINATE. Big Kat Bryant also gained 19 pounds.

SAM
1. 49 DARRELL WILLIAMS (6-2, 240, Sr.)
2. 31 Chandler Wooten (6-2, 231, So.)

MIKE
1. 57 DESHAUN DAVIS (5-11, 233, Sr.)
2. 33 K.J. Britt (6-0, 228, So.)

WILL
1. 48 MONTAVIOUS ATKINSON (6-1, 219, Sr.)
2. 28 Zakoby McClain (6-0, 205, Fr.)

Three senior linebackers is ALWAYS a good thing. Especially when two of those three started last year and the third played quite well when he was in. This is one of the most experienced groups on the team. It should be a solid year for them.

CB
1. 4 NOAH IGNIOGHENE (5-11, 196, So.)
2. 22 John Broussard Jr. (5-11, 181, Jr.)

FS
1. 20 JEREMIAH DINSON (6-0, 195, Jr.)
2. 21 Smoke Monday (6-2, 188, Fr.)

SS
1. 24 DANIEL THOMAS (5-11, 212, Jr.)
2. 9 Jamien Sherwood (6-2, 207, Fr.)

CB
1. 12 JAMEL DEAN (6-2, 208, Jr.)
2. 6 Christian Tutt (5-11, 195, Fr.)

NICKEL
1. 13 JAVARIS DAVIS (5-10, 187, Jr.)
2. 15 Jordyn Peters (6-1, 191, So.)
3. 18 Jayvaughn Myers (6-1, 187, So.)

There was a lot of turnover in this area this year. Losing Stephen Roberts and Tray Matthews won’t be easy to overcome, but this group has plenty of experience and they were phenomenal last season.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK
1. 26 ANDERS CARLSON (6-5, 210, RFr.)
2. 43 Ian Shannon (6-3, 236, Sr.)

All world Daniel Carlson is gone. However, we still have another, potential, four years from another Carlson. He should be alright, I mean, you’re normally lucky to have 2-3 years behind the greatest player to ever play your position, Anders has had his whole life. I’m interested to see what he can do.

P
1. 41 AIDAN MARSHALL (5-11, 190, So.)
2. 90 Arryn Siposs (6-3, 205, So.)

I’m a little surprised to see the Aussie play second fiddle, but I trust Gus. Also, Aidan Marshall gained 27 pounds from last season.

H
2. 43 IAN SHANNON (6-3, 236, Sr.)

This isn’t an important position until something goes wrong.

LS
1. 60 BILL TAYLOR (6-3, 236, RFr.)
2. 53 Clarke Smith (6-3, 233, So.)

See Holder.

PR
1. 23 RYAN DAVIS (5-9, 185, Sr.)
2. 6 Christian Tutt (5-11, 195, Fr.)

KR
1. 4 NOAH IGNIOGHENE (5-11, 196, So.) -AND-
1. 28 JATARVIOUS WHITLOW (6-0, 214, RFr.)
2. 25 Shaun Shivers (5-7, 173, Fr.) -AND-
2. 20 Asa Marin (5-11, 209, Fr.)

There it is. Top 10 squad. Easily. Tell me your thoughts in the comments.

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1 comment

McFU 08/28/2018 at 3:21 pm

Sal being listed as a WR should be a good thing this year (Intermediate routes please???). Since he was a TE last year he probably had to learn more blocking than catching at times. Listed as a WR Sal can really focus on his routes and catching the ball in the slot. With his height it should be a simple concept of pitch and catch, when open.

I too was surprised the Aussie didn’t win the job but there must be a reason. I’m sure Marshall is on a short leash since a guy with no American Football experience made it a tight race. I’m guessing Marshall is more accurate with his placement of the ball as opposed to the booming kicks of the Aussie. Kicking it 70yds into the endzone is probably not a good idea when you need a 40yd punt to land within the 5yd line.

D-Line is going to be FILTHY this year. Whereas in previous years we had1 stud and then the others I think we have several studs this year. The sum is greater than the parts and all that jazz.

O-line is my biggest concern just because of that “gelling” that needs to happen. They have all had some good playing time so I’m not too concerned about their individual abilities but they have to work together to keep Stidham upright.

QB shouldl be really fun to watch this year. I think if it as Gus and Chip say, that Stidham has the freedom to check out of some plays, that it should open up the possibilities of a better passing game. I’m curious as to how many times last year Stidham saw something that he could exploit but wasn’t able to make the change.

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