2012 Auburn Tigers football team

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2012 Auburn Tigers football
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Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2012 record 3–9 (0–8 SEC)
Head coach Gene Chizik (4th year)
Offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler (1st year)
Offensive scheme Pro–style
Defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder (1st year)
Base defense 4–3, Tampa 2
Home stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
#9 Florida x   7 1         11 2  
#8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
#23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x#   7 1         13 1  
#14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
#5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gene Chizik, who was in his fourth season with Auburn. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

On November 25, 2012, Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs fired head coach Chizik and all of the assistant coaches after finishing the season 3–9 overall with a 0–8 record in Southeastern Conference play, the program's worst season in 60 years.[1]

Previous season[edit]

Auburn finished 2011 with a record of 8–5 (4–4 SEC) and won the Chick-fil-A Bowl over Virginia 43–24. During the month leading up to the bowl game defensive coordinator Ted Roof resigned to take a similar position at Central Florida before ultimately becoming the defensive coordinator at Penn State, and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn resigned to become the head coach at Arkansas State, but remained with the Tigers through the bowl game. Star running back Michael Dyer was released from his scholarship and followed Malzahn to Arkansas State after violating undisclosed team rules prior to the bowl game.

Forthcoming season[edit]

A shooting at an off campus party killed former players Ed Christian and LaDarius Phillips on June 9 after they had planned to transfer. Current Offensive Guard Eric Mack was also shot but survived, he remains on the team, but has not participated in summer drills. Freshman QB Zeke Pike was arrested for public intoxication and was dismissed from the team. Pike will transfer to Louisville. Other transfers included CB Jonathan Rose and OG Thomas O'Reilly. DE Joel Bonomolo quit the team and linebacker Jawara White suffered a career ending neck injury. Transfers Corey Grant, Mike Blakely and Melvin Ray will be eligible to play this upcoming season.

New coordinators[edit]

The Tigers played the 2012 season with new coordinators on both offense and defense. On offense, Scot Loeffler took control. Loeffler was previously the offensive coordinator at Temple University, and had served stints as an assistant coach at Michigan, Florida and the Detroit Lions. While serving as a graduate assistant coach at Michigan, Loeffler tutored future New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The new Auburn defensive coordinator was Brian VanGorder, who most recently served in a similar capacity with the Atlanta Falcons. Also new to the Tigers defensive coaching staff was Willie Martinez, who coached defensive backs. Martinez was previously an assistant coach at Oklahoma. VanGorder and Martinez previously coached together at Georgia in the early 2000s. The Tigers switched to a more aggressive blitzing scheme on defense. The presence of VanGorder on the Tigers’ coaching staff paid dividends in recruiting, as they secured commitments from several high profile recruits for the 2013 class.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gene Chizik Head Coach Florida 4th
Scot Loeffler Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Michigan 1st
Brian VanGorder Defensive Coordinator Wayne State 1st
Trooper Taylor Assistant head coach/Wide receivers Baylor 4th
Curtis Luper Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator Stephen F. Austin 4th
Jeff Grimes Offensive line UTEP 4th
Jay Boulware Special teams Coordinator/Tight ends Texas 4th
Mike Pelton Defensive line Auburn 2nd
Willie Martinez Secondary Miami 1st
Tommy Thigpen Linebackers North Carolina 4th
Kevin Yoxall Head Strength and Conditioning Coach TCU 13th

Returning starters[edit]

Key losses[edit]

  • QB Barrett Trotter
  • RB Michael Dyer
  • WR Quindarrius Carr
  • LT A.J. Greene
  • RT Brandon Mosely
  • LB Eltoro Freeman
  • FS Neiko Thorpe
  • OC Gus Malzahn
  • DC Ted Roof

Key returners[edit]

  • QB Kiehl Frazier
  • QB Clint Moseley
  • RB Onterio McCalebb
  • RB Tre Mason
  • WR Emory Blake
  • TE Philip Lutzenkirchen
  • C Reese Dismukes
  • LE Corey Lemonier
  • LE Craig Sanders
  • LE LaDarius Owens
  • RE Dee Ford
  • RE Nosa Equae
  • DT Jeff Whitaker
  • LB Daren Bates
  • CB Chris Davis
  • CB T'Sharvin Bell
  • P Steven Clark
  • K Cody Parkey

Depth chart[edit]

Offense

Quarterbacks

  • 10 Kiehl Frazier So 6'2 228
  • 15 Clint Moseley Jr 6'4 233
  • 12 Jonathan Wallace Fr 6'2 205

Running Backs

  • 23 Onterio McCalebb Sr 5'11 168
  • 21 Tre Mason So 5'10 205
  • 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • 22 Mike Blakely RFr 5'9 206

Fullbacks

  • 35 Jay Prosch Jr 6'0 253
  • 48 Blake Burgess Jr 6'2 255

Slot Receivers

  • 1 Trovon Reed So 6'0 188
  • 4 Quan Bray So 5'10 175
  • 8 Anthony Morgan Sr 5'9 204

Wide Receiver

  • 80 Emory Blake Sr 6'2 197
  • 13 Sammie Coates RFr 6'3 210
  • 89 Jaylon Denson So 6'3 208
  • 6 Ricardo Louis Fr 6'2 210

Wide Receiver

  • 85 Travante Stallworth Sr 5'9 195
  • 82 Melvin Ray Fr 6'4 205
  • 87 JaQuay Williams Fr 6'4 201

Tight End

  • 43 Philip Lutzenkirchen Sr 6'4 260
  • 11 Brandon Fulse So 6'5 250
  • 81 CJ Uzomah So 6'4 246 (was the wildcat last year)
  • 46 Ricky Parks Fr 6'3 237
  • 84 Darrien Hutcherson Fr 6'8 272

Left Tackle

  • 73 Greg Robinson RFr 6'4 312
  • 72 Shon Coleman RFR 6'6 295
  • 77 Shane Callahan Fr 6'6 285

Left Guard

  • 71 John Sullen Sr 6'6 336
  • 63 Alex Kozan Fr 6'4 295
  • 76 Jordan Diamond Fr 6'5 295

Center

  • 50 Reese Dismukes So 6'3 305
  • 65 Tunde Fariyike So 6'3 302

Right Guard

  • 75 Christian Westerman RFr 6'3 310
  • 60 Eric Mack So 6'3 315
  • 70 Robert Leff Fr 6'7 275

Right Tackle

  • 62 Chad Slade So 6'5 325
  • 51 Patrick Miller Fr 6'7 275
  • 56 Avery Young Fr 6'6 275
  • 74 Will Adams Fr 6'8 285

Defense

Left End

  • 55 Corey Lemonier Jr 6'4 250
  • 13 Craig Sanders Jr 6'4 266
  • 10 Ladarius Owens So 6'2 257
  • 42 Gimel President Fr 6'4 245

Defensive Tackle

  • 54 Jeff Whitaker Jr 6'5 305
  • 92 Ken Carter Jr 6'4 297
  • 74 Jamar Travis Sr 6'0 294
  • 91 Tyler Nero Fr 6'2 291

Defensive Tackle

  • 90 Gabe Wright So 6'3 305
  • 98 Angelo Blackson So 6'5 325
  • 95 Devaunte Singler So 6'5 295
  • 93 JaBrain Niles RFr 6'2 297

Right End

  • 95 Dee Ford Jr 6'2 245
  • 94 Nosa Equae Jr 6'3 263
  • 52 Justin Delaine So 6'5 250
  • 45 Keymiya Harrell RFr 6'5 260

Strong Side Linebacker

  • 17 Kris Frost RFr 6'2 233
  • 35 Jonathan Evans 5'11 230
  • 44 Anthony Swain 6'2 245

Middle Linebacker

  • 5 Jake Holland Jr 6'1 238
  • 33 Chris Landrum RFr 6'3 233
  • 30 Cassanova McKinzy Fr 6'4 237

Weak Side Linebacker

  • 25 Daren Bates Sr 5'11 225
  • 26 Justin Garrett So 6'2 206
  • 58 Ashton Richardson Sr 6'1 218
  • 18 Javiere Mitchell Fr 6'2 197

Left Corner Back

  • 11 Chris Davis Jr 5'10 184
  • 6 Jonathan Mincy So 5'10 188
  • 1 Josh Hoseley Fr 5'9 175
  • 21 Jonathan Jones Fr 5'10 185

Free Safety

  • 14 Enrique Florence So 6'1 185
  • 9 Jermaine Whitehead So 5'11 195
  • 31 Trent Fisher So 6'1 187

Strong Safety

  • 12 DeMutruce McNeal Jr 6'2 193
  • 24 Ryan Smith Jr 6'2 208
  • 16 Ikeem Means Sr 6'0 205

Right Corner Back

  • 22 T'Sharvin Bell Sr 6'0 182
  • 27 Robensen Theirize So 5'8 203
  • 19 Ryan White Jr 5'11 195
  • 28 TJ Davis Fr 6'1 190

Special Teams

  • K 36 Cody Parkey Jr 6'1 175
  • P 30 Steven Clarke Jr 6'5 228
  • LS 59 Jason Lembke Jr 6'2 242
  • H 19 Ryan White Jr 5'11 195
  • LS 61 C.T. Moorman Fr 6'1 220
  • PR 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • KR 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • KR 4 Quan Bray So 5'10 175

Team Captains

  • Emory Blake
  • Philip Lutzenkirchen
  • Corey Lemonier

Award Finalists

Recruiting class[edit]

The main focus in offseason recruiting was adding new offensive linemen. The Tigers signed seven, led by tackles Avery Young and Jordan Diamond, who were both rated five stars by Scouts.com. Parade All-American Shane Callahan and Patrick Miller, both rated as four star recruits, also highlight the recruiting class, as do tackle Will Adams and guard Robert Leff. The final signee to Auburn’s impressive class of offensive linemen is Alex Kozan, who signed with the Tigers three weeks after the National Signing Day. In addition, 2010 signee Shon Coleman has been cleared to play after being cured of acute leukemia. He will have four years of eligibility remaining.

The only high school running back signed was Jovon Robinson; however, he has been unable to practice until potential irregularities in his high school transcripts are resolved. Three running backs have transferred to the Tigers from other programs: Mike Blakely (Florida), Corey Grant (Alabama) and fullback Jay Prosch (Illinois).

The Tigers added two four-star recruits at wide receiver. Ricardo Louis signed with Auburn, picking the Tigers over Florida State; also, the Tigers beat out Georgia Tech for the services of JaQuay Williams. In addition, Melvin Ray transferred from Alabama and will be eligible for the 2013 season. The Tigers also signed two tight ends: highly regarded Ricky Parks and Darrien Hutchinson, who is 6’8” and weighs 272 pounds.

On defense Auburn concentrated on the secondary, picking up four-star recruit Josh Hosely as well as T.J. Davis and Jonathan Jones. Defensive line signees include Parade All-American Gimel President and four-star recruit Tyler Nero, who has been timed running a 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds. Linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Javier Mitchell round out the class.

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 6:00 PM vs. #14 Clemson* #25 Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPN L 19–26   75,211
September 8 11:00 AM at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN L 10–28   56,111
September 15 11:21 AM Louisiana–Monroe* Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL SECN/ESPN3 W 31–28 OT  85,214
September 22 6:00 PM #2 LSU Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 10–12   86,721
October 6 11:00 AM Arkansas Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPN2 L 7–24   85,813
October 13 11:21 AM at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS SECN/ESPN3 L 20–41   57,068
October 20 11:21 AM at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN SECN/ESPN3 L 13–17   40,350
October 27 6:00 PM Texas A&M Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPNU L 21–63   85,119
November 3 11:30 AM New Mexico State*dagger Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL CSS/ESPN3 W 42–7   74,676
November 10 7:00 PM #6 Georgia Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN2 L 0–38   86,146
November 17 1:00 PM Alabama A&M* Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV W 51–7   74,832
November 24 2:30 PM at #2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 0–49   101,821
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches Poll. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:"2012 Auburn Tigers Football Schedule". Retrieved December 28, 2011. 

Game summaries[edit]

#14 Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Clemson 3 10 3 10 26
Auburn 7 3 6 3 19

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Mississippi State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 3 7 0 10
Bulldogs 0 7 14 7 28

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

Louisiana-Monroe[edit]

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Warhawks 7 7 0 14 0 28
Tigers 7 14 7 0 3 31

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

#3 LSU[edit]

LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers (Tiger Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 LSU 9 0 3 0 12
Auburn 7 3 0 0 10

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

#8 Arkansas[edit]

Arkansas Razorbacks at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 7 3 0 14 24
Tigers 0 0 7 0 7

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

Ole Miss[edit]

Auburn Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 17 3 0 20
Rebels 14 3 7 17 41

at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 11:21 am

Vanderbilt[edit]

Auburn Tigers at Vanderbilt Commodores
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 10 0 3 13
Commodores 7 3 7 0 17

at Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

  • Date: October 20
  • Game attendance: 40,350
  • TV: SEC Network

Texas A&M[edit]

Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 21 21 14 7 63
Tigers 0 7 14 0 21

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: October 27

New Mexico State[edit]

New Mexico State Aggies at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 0 0 7 7
Tigers 0 7 21 14 42

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 3

#7 Georgia[edit]

Georgia Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Bulldogs 14 14 10 0 38
Tigers 0 0 0 0 0

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 10

Alabama A&M[edit]

Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 7 0 7
Tigers 21 14 0 16 51

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 17
  • TV: PPV

Alabama[edit]

Iron Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 0 0 0
#2 Alabama 14 28 7 0 49
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Game start: 2:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:09
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: 53°, Sunny Skies, Winds NW 8 mph
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
American football players during a play.
The Alabama defense in motion against the Tigers' offense.

In the 2012 edition of the Iron Bowl, Alabama shutout the Auburn Tigers 49–0 at Tuscaloosa.[4][3] The Crimson Tide opened the game with a 10-play, 75-yard drive that culminated in a two-yard Eddie Lacy touchdown run and a 7–0 lead.[4][5] After the Alabama defense held Auburn to a three-and-out on their first possession, their offense responded with their second touchdown of the afternoon on a two-yard T. J. Yeldon touchdown run for a 14–0 lead.[4][5] The Crimson Tide then forced a Tigers' punt on their second possession, and then scored their third touchdown in as many possessions when A. J. McCarron threw a 37-yard pass to Amari Cooper for a 21–0 lead early in the second quarter.[4][6]

On the Auburn possession that ensued, the Alabama defense collected their first turnover of the game when Robert Lester intercepted a Jonathan Wallace pass at the Tigers' 29-yard line.[6] Five plays later the Crimson Tide led 28–0 after McCarron threw a seven-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Norwood.[4][5] The Alabama defense held Auburn to their second three-and-out of the game, and then the Crimson Tide scored their fifth touchdown of the game on a one-yard Lacy run for a 35–0 lead.[4][6] Auburn then committed their second turnover of the game when Nico Johnson forced a Tre Mason fumble that Dee Milliner recovered and returned to the Tigers' 35-yard line.[6] Alabama then took a 42–0 halftime lead when McCarron threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Cooper.[4][5]

With the Alabama starters in the game for the first possession of the second half, the defense again held the Tigers to a three-and-out and forced a punt. The offense then made it seven-for-seven on offense when McCarron threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Norwood for a 49–0 lead.[4][6] The Alabama defense then did not allow Auburn to get past their own 41-yard line for the duration of the game and secured their fourth shutout of the season.[6] This marked the second consecutive Iron Bowl in which Auburn's offense was unable to score against Alabama's defense. The victory was the second largest in the history of the Iron Bowl after the 55–0 Alabama win in 1948 and improved Alabama's all-time record against the Tigers to 42–34–1.[7][8]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches' 25 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ Goldberg, Charles (November 25, 2012). "Auburn Fires Gene Chizik After Four Years As Coach". The Birmingham News. Retrieved November 26, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tuscaloosa set for 77th Iron Bowl". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. November 19, 2012. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Auburn vs. Alabama: Scoring Summary". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "A. J. McCarron-led Alabama steamrolls rival Auburn". ESPN.com. Associated Press. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c d Kausler, Jr., Don (November 24, 2012). "No. 2 Alabama crushes Auburn 49–0 to win SEC West championship". AL.com. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Auburn vs. Alabama: Play-by-play Summary". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. November 24, 2012. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  7. ^ Hurt, Cecil (November 24, 2012). "Alabama crushes Auburn". The Tuscaloosa News. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved November 24, 2012. 
  8. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs. Auburn". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2013-06-22. Retrieved March 25, 2012.