AUBURN — Auburn coach Bryan Harsin is hoping to utilize his depth on the defensive line more than at most positions, but he hasn't been happy with the group's performance at the halfway point of the season.
Auburn has struggled to get pressure on quarterbacks despite having one of the nation's best run defenses.
"We have to be better on the defensive line, more competitive in that group. ... As far as the depth goes, it needs to be better," Harsin said. "You're going to rotate D-linemen in. You don't want to lose too much when one guy comes in.
"You still want to be doing all the things that your schemes are calling for."
Kansas transfer Marcus Harris played the most for the Tigers in the Georgia game, and he only played 68% of defensive snaps.
Seven traditional linemen, including Marquis Robinson and Zykeivous Walker, were used, as well as four edge rushers.
"I see some of the younger players, and I'm talking about Marquis Robinson — there's a reason he was in there," Harsin said. "He kept showing up in practice, and so he earned an opportunity to play against obviously a very good team. Had a chance to come out there, a young player, but that's part of the mentality we're going to have in this program.
"We want our guys competing. ... We want to see those guys succeed."
No. 17 Arkansas, which hosts Auburn (4-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) on Saturday, has enjoyed a surge this season, bolstered by an effective offensive line.
The Razorbacks (4-2, 1-2), who scored 51 points last weekend in a one-point loss at Ole Miss, started 4-0 and jumped into the national rankings for the first time since 2016.
Before joining the Hogs, head coach Sam Pittman was the offensive line coach at Georgia, which had one of the best offensive lines in the country in 2019.
Arkansas and Auburn play at 11 a.m. Saturday from the Razorbacks' Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
"They play very physical," Harsin said. "I think that's how they coach their players, and certainly you can feel that on the offensive side."