2. Offensive line:
The Tigers were nearly as aggressive with the offensive line as the defensive line, with eight signees out of high school and college. Auburn does need help protecting the passer. They ranked 90th in sacks allowed last season. The running game was a respectable 18th, but the Tigers need to push the football down the field.
Auburn’s woes in the passing game are not solely the offensive line’s fault; the Tigers need to improve at wide receiver. However, a good offensive line can cover defects in other parts of the offense. Tulsa transfer Dillon Wade followed his former head coach Phillip Montgomery to The Plains. Expect Wade to start day one.
In addition to Wade, Western Kentucky transfer Gunner Britton is likely to come in and start at tackle, and East Carolina transfer Avery Jones should come in and start at center. These three join returning players Jeremiah Wright and Tate Johnson.
Auburn also signed a trio of freshmen who will push the veteran transfers. Conner Lew, Clay Wedin, and Bradyn Joiner will give every veteran on the roster a run. They add much-needed talent depth to the offensive line room.