One of the main concerns with Auburn’s signing class was the lack of offensive tackles. The Tigers struck out on all of their top targets in the 2018 cycle. Auburn also heads into the offseason with lots of question marks surrounding the offensive line. Well help is on the way.
Today on Twitter, former UMass starting right tackle, Jack Driscoll, announced his plans to finish his career on the Plains.
Driscoll will be a redshirt junior in 2018 which means he has two seasons of eligibility left. That’s rare for graduate transfers and means the Tigers just landed a talented prospect at a position of need that can help for the next 2 seasons instead of just being a one year stopgap. Driscoll was a 2* out of high school and redshirted as a freshman to put on weight. As a redshirt freshman Driscoll played in 9 games for the Minutemen, starting 8 of them at left guard. However, last year the big man transitioned to right tackle where he started all 12 games and thrived. He was named to the All-ECAC 2nd team and landed on Phil Steele’s All-Independent 1st Team. Pro Football Focus ranked him as one of the top 5 Group of 5 tackles in 2017 which was actually ahead of former Auburn Tiger target Calvin Anderson.
This is a big development for the Tigers heading into a season where they must rebuild their offensive line. Driscoll has the flexibility to play either guard or tackle for the Tigers which could allow Auburn to get more creative in the fall in finding the right 5 players up front. My guess though is Driscoll will start out at tackle where he could either force Wanogho to flip over to the right side or allow Calvin Ashley/Austin Troxell another year of development before having to step into starter roles. Either way, as we saw last season with Casey Dunn, it never hurts to have plenty of depth up front.
War Eagle Jack!