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Phil Steele predicts Auburn's entire depth chart

By Lance Dawe,


Phil Steele has released his prediction for Auburn football's 2023 depth chart.

Steele , a former ESPN insider and creator of Phil Steele's College Football Preview magazine, puts together a projected depth chart for every single team in his magazine.

His projections for Auburn's lineup on both sides of the ball is admittedly different from other projections out there (starkly different depending on the position). Here's what Steele predicts for Auburn's depth chart heading into the 2023 season:



Starter: Robby Ashford (redshirt junior)

Backups: Payton Thorne (junior), Holden Geriner (redshirt freshman), Sawyer Pate (senior)

Running Backs

Starter: Jarquez Hunter (junior)

Backups: Brian Battie (junior), Damari Alston (sophomore), Jeremiah Cobb (true freshman), Sean Jackson (redshirt sophomore)

Wide Receivers

Starters: X Camden Brown (sophomore)

Backups (X): Shane Hooks (senior), Omari Kelly (sophomore), Nick Mardner (junior)

Z Jyaire Shorter (senior)

Backups (Z): Malcolm Johnson Jr (junior), Koy Moore (junior), Jackson Billings (sophomore)

H Ja'Varrius Johnson (redshirt senior)

Backups (H): Caleb Burton (sophomore), Jake Kruse (sophomore), Colby Stafford (junior)

Tight Ends

Starters: Rivaldo Fairweather (senior)

Backups: Luke Deal (redshirt senior), Tyler Fromm (redshirt senior), Micah Riley-Ducker (redshirt freshman), Brandon Frazier (senior)

Offensive Line

Starters: LT Dillon Wade (junior)

Backups (LT): Jaden Muskrat (junior), Tyler Johnson (freshman), Clay Wedin (freshman)

LG Jeremiah Wright (senior)

Backups (LG): Jalil Irvin (senior), Bradyn Joiner (freshman)

C Avery Jones (super senior)

Backups (C): Connor Lew (freshman) Cort Bradley (sophomore)

RG Tate Johnson (sophomore)

Backups (RG): Kam Stutts (senior), EJ Harris (freshman)

RT Gunner Britton (super senior)

Backups (RT): Izavion Miller (junior), Garner Langlo (sophomore), Evan Richards (freshman)


Defensive Line

Starters: DE Marcus Harris (senior)

Backup DE: Elijah McCallister (super senior) Darron Reed, Wilky Denaud, Garrison Walker (senior)

NT: Justin Rogers (junior)

Backup NT: Zykevious Walker (sophomore), Lawrence Johnson (senior), Enyce Sledge (freshman), Joe Frazier (freshman)

DT Jayson Jones (redshirt junior)

Backup DT: Mosiah Nasili-Kite (senior), Quientrail Jamison-Travis (junior)


Starters: Keldric Faulk (freshman)

Backups: Jalen McLeod (sophomore), Stephen Sings (junior), Brenton Williams (true freshman), Hayden Brice (senior)


Starters: WLB Cam Riley (senior)

Backup WLB: Larry Nixon III (senior), Eugene Asante (junior)

MLB Austin Keys (junior)

Backup MLB: Wesley Steiner (senior), Robert Woodyard (redshirt freshman) Jake Levant (junior)

Defensive Backs

Starters: CB Nehemiah Pritchett (super senior)

Backup CB: JD Rhym (sophomore), Austin Ausberry (freshman), Tony Hunley (junior)

CB D.J. James (redshirt senior)

Backup CB: Kayin Lee (freshman), Colton Hood (freshman), Tyler Scott (freshman)

BS Cayden Bridges (sophomore)

Backup BS: Zion Puckett (junior), Caleb Wooden (sophomore), Terrance Love (freshman), Paul Thompson (freshman)

FS Jaylin Simpson (senior)

Backup FS: Marquise Gilbert (sophomore), Sylvester Smith (freshman), CJ Johnson, Mac McClinton (freshman)

STAR Keionte Scott (sophomore)

Backup STAR: Donovan Kaufman (junior), DeMario Tolan (sophomore)


Starters: P Oscar Chapman (senior)

K ALex McPherson (redshirt freshman)

LS Jacob Quattlebaum (senior)

Backups: P Marshall Myers (sophomore), K Evan McGuire (sophomore), LS Kyle Vaccarella (redshirt freshman), LS Reed Hughes (sophomore)

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