The Auburn Tigers are heading into one of their most anticipated seasons since Cam Newton came to The Plains and led the Tigers to a national title. Auburn returns its starting QB, Jarrett Stidham, who had the highest completion percentage in the conference last year. The Tigers also bring arguably the best defensive line in the conference as well as a great linebacker corps. Several experienced receivers, as well as highly recruited newcomers, should allow the Tigers to be a more pass heavy offense than in the past decade. RB Kam Martin returns for his junior season, and he should be the starter, along with the help from the likes of Devan Barrett, Malik Miller, and 4-star recruit Asa Martin.
Position Starters for Week 1
The Tigers will look to have the majority of position starters locked up within the next few weeks. Most of the positions have clear front-runners, the majority of which are the most experienced players in each group. Martin, for example, is the most experienced Tiger in the running back group, and he will likely be the first to see the field this season after waiting two years for the starting job.
Tiger Defensive Line Looking Elite
On the defensive line, Derrick Brown and Marlon Davidson are the clear-cut leaders after strong 2017 campaigns. Other surefire contributors from day one will be Nick Coe, Dontavius Russell, and TD Moultry. Moultry is expected to step into Jeff Holland’s role from last year and be Auburn’s next great pass-rusher. Brown believes that this defensive unit can be better than least year’s because of more drive and commitment to winning. If that is true then the Tigers could rival even Clemson for the best line in the entire nation.
Other major contributors from last year that will look to take the next step on the field include WR’s Ryan Davis and Darius Slayton, OL Calvin Ashley, and DB Javaris Davis. Each of these players is expected to be a strong point for the Tigers, and if they live up to the hype then Auburn can once again be on track to win the SEC West.