Auburn football will finalize position battles with released depth chart early next week

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football is closing in on the 2017-18 season and Gus Malzahn is in the process of making final personnel decisions.

The head coach spoke briefly with media following the Tigers’ practice on Wednesday evening. Since Aug. 14, Malzahn has named quarterback Jarrett Stidham and punter Ian Shannon as starters. Malzahn has also said quarterback Sean White will back up the Baylor transfer.

But when it comes to the rest of the squad, Malzahn and staff are still determining who’ll start in just over a week.

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“We’ll have a depth chart on Tuesday,” Malzahn said. “A nd everything will be finalized by then.”

The staff is also in the process of figuring out where coaches will be positioned this season.

Malzahn gave his team a day off on Monday, which coincided with the first day of classes on Auburn’s campus. Even with the transition of school starting, the head coach has been pleased with how workouts have been going.

“We’ve had two solid days of practice so far,” Malzahn said. “We’ve really tried to make this as close to game week as we could to try and get two full weeks in of preparation. I think our guys have done a very solid job in all three phases. Trying to really focus on a lot of our young guys with special teams. I think there’s a handful of guys I think can help us in that area.”

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Nine Auburn players earned preseason all conference nods on Wednesday, including SEC Media Days representatives Daniel Carlson (first team) and Braden Smith (second team). When the AP Preseason Top 25 was released on Monday Auburn was ranked No. 12.

The Tigers will take the field in Jordan-Hare Stadium for their meeting with Georgia Southern on Sept. 2 before traveling to Clemson in Week 2.

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