Derek Mason wants 'functional depth' on Auburn's defensive line. But what does that mean?

Auburn's new defensive coordinator had a go-to phrase when discussing the defensive line Monday. Here's how it could translate on the field in 2021.

DT Colby Wooden (Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics)

Question: What position does Colby Wooden play in Auburn’s new defense?

“This year in the 3-4, I’m still a D-tackle,” Wooden said Saturday.

Got it. Sounds simple enough…

“I play the 3 and the 4i, and in the nickel, I play the 2i and the 3,” Wooden continued.

Hold on, those were three different things, right?


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