Auburn depth chart: Analyzing key pieces, what it means for matchup vs. Washington

Jamel Dean will start Saturday for Auburn vs. Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jamel Dean will start Saturday for Auburn vs. Washington. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Prince Tega Wanogho (76) and Mike Horton (64) started games last season for Auburn. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images) /

Little drama here after all

One of the biggest question marks through spring ball and when fall practice began was how J.B. Grimes would piece together the offensive line.

We had a good idea about a few things:

  • Prince Tega Wanogho was going to be left tackle barring some unforeseen situation.
  • Marquel Harrell and Mike Horton were going to be on the field.

What we didn’t know:

  • Who would play center? Is Kaleb Kim the guy or would Nick Brahms be healthy enough to overtake him or would Horton slide over from one of the guard spots?
  • Where would 5-star redshirt freshman Calvin Ashley end up — tackle, guard, starter, backup?
  • Could UMass transfer Jack Driscoll work his way into a starting job like Casey Dunn did a year ago after transferring from Jacksonville State?

It didn’t take long for the offensive line to take shape this fall. The Auburn depth chart started taking shape with Horton and Harrell locked in at guard, Wanogho at left tackle, leaving center and right tackle up for grabs.

But Brahms was slowed by an injury and Kim convinced coaches that he could handle it.

Driscoll proved to be every bit as good as advertised and will start at right tackle, which allowed Ashley to move to right guard.

“We’re feeling as good as we can right now,” Malzahn said. “The group is playing with confidence. Obviously going against our defensive line every day in practice definitely helps you, too. I don’t think that we’ll be overwhelmed when we play someone. We’ll at least know how it feels like to go against a big-time defensive line.”

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Auburn has done a nice job of building some depth along the line and it doesn’t hurt to have a few players capable of playing different positions because Grimes likes having the best five linemen on the field.