3-point stance: Auburn's new front


1. Auburn will have two new starters on its offensive line and will start two freshmen and two sophomores up front when it plays No. 14 Clemson in Saturday night's Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at Atlanta's Georgia Dome. And Auburn won't even have the youngest offensive line on the field.

After setting a school record with 440.8 yards of offense per game in offensive coordinator Chad Morris' first season in 2011, the Clemson Tigers are undergoing a facelift up front. Senior center Dalton Freeman (36 career starts) and left tackle Brandon Thomas (10 career starts) are the only returning offensive linemen with any starting experience. Left guard David Beasley, a sophomore, played 30 snaps in five games last season, and right tackle Gifford Timothy played 45 snaps, mostly blocking on placekicks. Junior right guard Tyler Shatley is a converted defensive tackle, who signed with Clemson as a fullback.

Auburn is expected to start redshirt freshman Greg Robinson at left tackle, and freshman Avery Young is a top candidate to start at right tackle. Sophomore Tunde Fariyike will probably start at center after expected starter Reese Dismukes was suspended following his arrest on public intoxication charges.

2. Remember that frustration you felt when the scoreboard operator refused to show you the replay of a controversial play in a game? Well, if you're the fan of an SEC team, you might get to see those plays over and over again this season.

The SEC announced Monday that its member schools are no longer limited in use of replays, except when a stoppage occurs for an official review. The new SEC rule allows a replay to be shown on the video board from the end of a play until the beginning of the next play. During an official review, replays from TV network video feeds can be shown between the referee's announcement to stop play and when he announces the replay outcome. In the past, SEC schools were only allowed to show a replay once.

“The change in policy will allow our fans to see more of the action, including great plays and close calls,” SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement. “Fans in the stadium now can see many of the same views of a play seen by fans watching on television. This should add to the overall game experience for fans inside our stadiums.”

The SEC changed the rule in part because it didn't want fans staying at home, where they could watch replays time and time again on TV.

3. Some college football coaches, like Florida State's Jimbo Fisher, have banned their players from using Twitter during the season.

But USC's Lane Kiffin seems to be embracing social media. The Trojans have included players' Twitter handles on their respective bios on the school's website and even next to their names on the depth chart released on Monday. Right guard John Martinez was the only offensive starter who didn't use Twitter, and all but three defensive starters also had Twitter handles.