Auburn Spring Football: Who Will Get The Offensive Reps?
By Dan Harralson
Auburn's offense is a national curiousity after Gus Malzahn, the coordinator on the Cam Newton-led national championship team, led the Tigers back to the national championship with the country's top rushing offense in his first season as the team's coach.
Who is in line for the starting spots this spring?
Nick Marshall: You can't say enough about how Marshall stepped in and became a leader on offense, and now Malzahn has his first Auburn quarterback coming back for his second year.
Jeremy Johnson: Auburn pulled the redshirt off of Johnson going into the Western Carolina game to preserve Marshall's health. Malzahn promised to play Johnson more because of it, and the quarterback performed well when given the chance.
Jonathan Wallace: Wallace started the final four games of the dreadful 2012 season, but only attempted four passes for 24 yards last year.
Tucker Tuberville: The son of former Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville and a Texas Tech transfer.
Corey Grant: The senior had 66 carries for 647 yards and six touchdowns a year ago.
Cameron Artis-Payne: Another senior with 91 carries, 610 yards and six touchdowns to his credit. Cameron was the 2013 spring game offensive MVP, rushing for 117 yards and catching two passes for 47 yards.
Johnathan Ford: Now a sophomore, Ford carried six times for 73 yards and reached the end zone once a season ago.
Peyton Barber: Barber redshirted in 2013, his first college season.
Sammie Coates: Coates produced 42 receptions, 902 yards and seven touchdowns a year ago.
Ricardo Louis: Everyone remembers Louis for being on the receiving end of the Georgia miracle. The junior had 28 receptions, 325 yards and two touchdowns in 2013.
Marcus Davis: His 2013 totals: 23 receptions, 217 yards, one touchdown.
Quan Bray: 23 receptions, 195 yards, three touchdowns.
Trovon Reed: Nine receptions, 98 yards.
Melvin Ray: Five receptions, 108 yards, one touchdown.
Tony Stevens: Five receptions, 68 yards, one touchdown.
Jaylon Denson: Three receptions, 45 yards; Denson suffered a season-ending knee injury at LSU last season.
Dominic Walker: Redshirted the 2013 season.
D'haquille Williams: 51 receptions, 733 yards and nine touchdowns at Mississippi Gulf Coast College.
C.J. Uzomah: Caught the game-winning touchdown against Mississippi State. Totalled 11 receptions, 154 yards and three touchdowns a season ago.
Brandon Fulse: One reception, five yards.
Gage Batten: No stats in 2013.
Chris Laye: Seven receptions, 107 yards, two touchdowns (high school stats).
Jakell Mitchell: 28 receptions, 403 receiving yards; 88 carries, 392 yards, 17 touchdowns (high school stats).
Ricky Parks: Six receptions, 59 yards, two touchdowns (junior college stats).
Reese Dismukes: An all-SEC selection and Remington Trophy finalist in 2013, Dismukes has made 37 starts in three seasons. Dismukes is headed toward an NFL career.
Xavier Dampeer: The junior college transfer will provide depth.
Chad Slade: Slade started all 14 games at right guard last year and 36 games in the last three seasons.
Alex Kozan: Kozan is the third element returning on the offensive line. Between Dismukes, Slade and Kozan, Auburn will have plenty of reasons to continue to run the ball. Kozan started all 14 games at left guard last year and was named to the SEC's all-freshman team.
Jordan Diamond: Appeared in the Arkansas State, Western Carolina, FAU and Tennessee games in 2013.
Devonte Danzey: Appeared in the Western Carolina, FAU and Tennessee games in 2013.
Deon Mix: Redshirted in 2013.
Avery Young: Young took over the right tackle spot and started the last 10 games of 2013.
Patrick Miller: Miller started at right tackle for the first four games of 2013 before Young took over.
Robert Leff: Leff played in all 14 games in 2013.
Will Adams: Adams played in all 14 games in 2013.
Shon Coleman: Played in eight games in 2013.
Shane Callahan: Played in the Western Carolina and FAU games last season.