Cassanova McKinzy never could get comfortable in his role last season.
His struggles went beyond being a true freshman linebacker in the SEC. McKinzy, a highly recruited prospect at Woodlawn High in Birmingham before coming to Auburn, played out of position at middle linebacker in 2012. In the center of the defense, McKinzy had to call plays and change them when needed, directing the defense like a quarterback.
Ryan Wood is the Auburn University Sports Beat Writer for the Opelika-Auburn News.