Auburn's spring practice is little more than a month away. With so many players returning from last year’s team, the faces and names will largely remain the same. Here is a look at the 10 under-the-radar players fans should know/remember going into spring practice.
LB Jessel Curry
The three-star signee enrolled in classes for the spring semester so he could go through spring practice with the team.
That’s a huge relief for Auburn’s defensive coaching staff – most notably, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Ted Roof. The Tigers went through a good portion of last season with only four scholarship linebackers and lost Adam Herring and Spencer Pybus to career-ending injuries.
Curry isn’t supposed to be the type of linebacker to come in and immediately dominate the SEC. He is supposed to come in and immediately provide depth at a position that desperately needs it. That Curry will get a spring of practice under his belt will better prepare him for the collegiate adjustment and could put him in a better place than more heralded linebackers such as Jake Holland and LaDarius Owens.
It also doesn’t hurt that Curry has NFL bloodlines. His father, Buddy Curry, played eight seasons at linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons.