Auburn seeking speed, depth on defense

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn is trying to put more defensive speed and more players on the field.

Coach Gene Chizik says the Tigers are working safety Daren Bates at linebacker during spring practice primarily because of the movement to bring more speed to the defense.

Auburn also has more depth in the secondary with Aairon Savage and Mike McNeil coming back after missing last season with injuries. Even with all three starting linebackers back, the group could use some help.

Craig Stevens and Josh Bynes played virtually every defensive snap last season while junior college transfer Eltoro Freeman started eight games.

Signee Jessel Curry enrolled in January and is going through spring practice, which began Wednesday, and three other freshman linebackers will arrive this summer.

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