Auburn got a little thinner along its defensive line over the weekend when head coach Gus Malzahn announced that rising junior defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler was dismissed for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
"We have high standards for our players,” Malzahn said in a statement released Friday. “They will represent the team and Auburn the right way.”
Sigler had played in 18 career games at Auburn, registering 12 total tackles, before his dismissal. However, he saw his production decrease in 2012, as he played in just five games and totaled two tackles.
While the loss of Sigler leaves the Tigers down a man on the defensive line, the good news is that Auburn's depth shouldn't suffer too much with the bodies the Tigers return and the new faces added in this year's recruiting class. Seniors Jeff Whitaker and Kenneth Carter return, along with juniors Angelo Blackson and Gabe Wright. The Tigers will also have the services of redshirt freshman Tyler Nero and signed junior college transfer Ben Bradley, who is already on campus, and four-star/ESPN 150 defensive tackle Montravius Adams.
Sigler's absence likely won't affect the Tigers too much with all those bodies to work with, but chances are the staff would rather have an extra man in the rotation this spring, especially with a new coaching staff running things on the Plains. Still, having good numbers at the defensive tackle spot will help ease the loss of Sigler, who appeared to be falling down the depth chart at his position before spring practice even began.