AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Freshman safety Daren Bates will start Auburn's season opener against Louisiana Tech on Saturday.
Bates beat out returning players Drew Cole and T'Sharvan Bell in the spot left open with Mike McNeil's injury despite getting a late start to fall camp.
Coach Gene Chizik released the depth chart for his Auburn head
coaching debut on Tuesday. Neil Caudle is the backup quarterback.
The starting receivers are Terrell Zachery and Darvin Adams
while Kodi Burns is a second-teamer at one spot. Much talked about
freshmen DeAngelo Benton and Emory Blake are still apparently
battling it out for No. 2 at the other. The Tigers will often use
at least three receivers but only two spots were listed.
Neiko Thorpe is a starter at corner while newcomer Eltoro Freeman gets the nod at right linebacker.