Auburn football: Projecting the Tigers' post-spring receiver depth chart

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 6, 2014 

Auburn wide receivers Sammie Coates (18) and D'haquille Williams (1) could be a lethal 1-2 punch in the passing game this fall.

ROBIN TRIMARCHI — rtrimarchi@ledger-enquirer.com

Editor's note: Auburn's spring practice concluded with the A-Day game April 19. Some positions didn't change. Some had upheaval. With that in mind, Auburn beat writer Ryan Black will give his position-by-position projection of the entire depth chart as the Tigers head into the summer. The series continues with the wide receivers.

Who's Who:

Sammie Coates, junior: 42 receptions, 902 yards, 7 touchdowns

Ricardo Louis, junior: 28 receptions, 325 yards, 2 TDs

Marcus Davis, sophomore: 23 receptions, 217 yards, TD

Quan Bray, senior: 23 receptions, 195 yards, 3 TDs

Trovon Reed, senior: Nine receptions, 98 yards

Melvin Ray, junior: Five receptions, 108 yards, TD

Tony Stevens, sophomore: Five receptions, 68 yards, TD

Jaylon Denson, senior: Three receptions, 45 yards; suffered season-ending knee injury in fourth game of 2013 season (at LSU)

Dominic Walker, redshirt freshman: Redshirted during 2013 season

D'haquille Williams: 51 receptions, 733 yards, 9 touchdowns (Numbers from past season at Mississippi Gulf Coast College)

Pre-spring projection:

1. Coates

2. Ray

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1. Louis

2. Bray

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1. Uzomah

2. Reed

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Post-spring projection:

1. Coates

2. Louis

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1. Williams

2. Stevens

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(Slot)

1. Bray

2. Davis

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Analysis: As readers will note, spring practice shuffled up the receiving depth chart quite a bit.

Coates is the only player to enter the spring and exit it as a starter. However, Williams' entry into the starting lineup shouldn't surprise anyone. His arrival was accompanied by immense hype, and he more than lived up to it this spring. (As said here on more than one occasion, Williams has the potential to wrest the tag of "No. 1 receiver" away from Coates this fall.)

Of course, the rest of the two-deep could undergo even more changes once preseason camp begins in August. Along with the six listed above, Ray, Walker and early enrollee Stanton Truitt to make major pushes for playing time as well. That's not to mention Denson, who was a starter at the time of his season-ending injury versus LSU in Game No. 4 last year.

Looking ahead, it will take a monumental effort from the rest of the receiving corps to knock Coates and Williams out of their starting jobs.

But "depth" is the key word here. If nothing else, it means the Tigers won't lack for options in the passing game in 2014.

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