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Auburn Position Preview: Safeties

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Two Fridays from now, we'll be preparing for game day. For this afternoon, let's continue looking at where Auburn stands in terms of the various positions on the field.

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Spor

Key Losses:

Ryan Smith

Key Returnees:

Jermaine Whitehead, Rudy Ford, Brandon King

Newcomers:

Derrick Moncrief, Markell Boston

Causes for optimism:

Whitehead has experience and Moncrief is supposed to be a beast. However, Moncrief has missed time this fall with an illness and now Rudy Ford has moved ahead of him on the depth chart. I don't think this is a bad thing right now. Apparently Rudy has played very well, there. Having Ford and Moncrief as options is a good thing. Markell Boston was pushing for time but he has also been dealing with injuries. I really haven't heard much about Whitehead all fall. In fact, I had to search to remember who the other Safety was. I don't know if that's a good thing or a bad thing, honestly.

Causes for concern:

Depth behind the starters. Again. It seems like this has been the major concern for the past few years. Also the injuries are a concern. It seems like we have too many players dealing with nagging injuries. I don't know if this is just coach-speak, or if it's just the nature of fall camp, but it seems to be a constant. I'm fairly confident in Whitehead, Ford, and Moncrief. Behind that I have no clue what we're going to look like and how well the reserves will play. I haven't heard JUCO transfer Brandon King mentioned much this camp, but hopefully he is capable of adding some more experience to the rotation, as well.

Next up: Special Teams