Let's look at the Two-deep released today.
If you're interested in a deeper look at the positions, see the position previews from the last few weeks. Comments are bold and italicized where any were made.
No surprises, here. We've known this for a while. Word out of today's press conference that JJ would start the Arkansas game was not a surprise, either.
1A and 1B, here. Also not that surprising. Barber and Thomas are fighting for the #3 spot, and Pettway will likely redshirt.
1. C.J. Uzomah (6-5, 264, Sr.) or Brandon Fulse (6-4, 258, Sr.)
I have a request for everyone. Please get to the Arkansas game in time for starting lineups to be announced. I know it's not possible for everyone, but I would absolutely love it if Jordan-Hare Stadium erupted into a roar equaling a big touchdown when Shon Coleman's name is announced as the starting left tackle.
In other news, Braden "Drago, The Terminator, etc" Smith is his #2. Smith could see the field in many ways, this fall.
1. Pat Miller (6-7, 299, Jr.)
2. Robert Leff (6-6, 286, So.)
1. D'haquille Williams (6-2, 216, Jr.)
2. Melvin Ray (6-3, 207, Jr.)
On the WR corps as a whole... that's a lot of talent. That's a fantastic two-deep. As I stated in my position previews, I don't know if I've ever seen an Auburn receiving corps this talented across the board.
Daniel showed promise last season and was a 4* recruit, himself. He should be just fine in this position.
Gabe moved ahead of Owens at end in part due to Owens missing time from an infection. I can't wait to see what he does with the opportunity to play on the edge.
1. Jeff Whitaker (6-4, 322, Sr.)
2. Ben Bradley (6-1, 303, Sr.)
Good to see Whitaker back after some injury-plagued seasons. Hopefully he and the other seniors provide excellent leadership for the rest of the line. We will see everyone in the two-deep play at least. There may be others, as well.
Tre Williams has apparently been a shining star as a freshman. I look forward to seeing how he develops during his Auburn career.
Still no news on Therezie.
1. Jonathon Mincy (5-10, 196, Sr.)
2. Josh Holsey (5-11, 192, Jr.)
Holsey will get the start, but Malzahn was clear that Mincy would play against Arkansas.
True freshman and local (Opelika) boy Stephen Roberts makes the two-deep. He was a prospect many were excited about and it appears he has lived up to the hype.
Rudy Ford moved ahead of Moncrief partially due to Moncrief's injury, but also because he is excellent as a DB. Hopefully he plays strong enough to keep the starting job. Not because I don't want Moncrief starting, but because I don't want there to be any struggles in Auburn's secondary.
1. Daniel Carlson (6-4, 215, RFr.)
2. Matthew Shiel (5-11, 195, Fr.)
Wow, Jimmy Hutchinson didn't even make the two-deep at punter. That's a surprise.
Catch the ball first, Quan. Then worry about making moves. That's all I ask.
Lots and lots of speed and excitement.
1. Forrest Hill (6-1, 248, Sr.)
2. Ike Powell (6-3, 264, Fr.)
I'm surprised at this. Particularly since it makes swinging gate extra points much less likely. Or maybe Stovall is excellent at hitting the receiver on them and he is #1 because of that.
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