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Depth will be Auburn’s biggest hurdle

Having spent a little time around the Auburn football complex this morning and talking to a few of the coaches, it’s obvious there’s a lot of excitement about where this program is headed.

But as first-year Auburn coach Gene Chizik has said himself, this program is a ways off from where it was when it went 13-0 and won the Sugar Bowl in 2004.

Of particular note, the Tigers are concerned about their depth. Before putting a couple of walk-ons on scholarship over the weekend, they were 10 players under the 85-scholarship limit and are scary thin on the offensive line, at receiver, at linebacker and at safety.

With a little more than two weeks to go until the Sept. 5 opener against Louisiana Tech, the coaches feel good about their first 11 on offense. Staying healthy will be crucial.

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