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  Football Preview: Defensive Line

The defensive line was a spotlight for Auburn in 2017 - and it should be the same this fall.

The Tigers lost some talent with Jeff Holland and others departing, but fans won't need to keep a roster nearby to know the guys playing in the trenches in 2018. As far as starters go, Auburn has well-known players back and they'll compete to see who will be the next star.

T.D. Moultry is expected to be "the guy" when it comes to Auburn's popular buck position. Moultry played in every game last year, recording 15 tackes, including 2.5 for loss. The rising sophomore has room for improvement, but he'll have his chance this fall. Another sophomore to watch this fall at buck is Big Kat Bryant, who also played in every game last year.

At the other end position, two-year starter Marlon Davidson returns to his position. Davidson recorded 43 tackles in 2017 after being voted second-team All-SEC preseason by the coaches.

The tackle positions should have a couple of upperclassmen starting. Dontavius Russell has started in 37 games and returns as a fourth-year starter in 2018. He has 117 career tackles and is likely a leader on this D line. Derrick Brown is expected to be next to Russell. The rising junior was a first-year starter in 2017 and had his production rise significantly compared to his freshman year. Brown and Russell are a combination that should give opposing offensive guards a rough four quarters.

This group has high expectations for 2018. ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. said he believes Auburn's defensive line will "rival" Clemson for the best in the country. If Kiper is right, this group has a big role to play in helping Auburn defend its SEC West championship.

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