2011 Auburn Tigers football team

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2011 Auburn Tigers football
AuburnTigers.svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl Champions
Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Virginia, W 43–24
Conference Southeastern Conference Western Division
2011 record 8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach Gene Chizik (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn
Offensive scheme Spread
Defensive coordinator Ted Roof
Base defense 4–3, Tampa 2
Home stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama #   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the college football season of 2011–2012. The team was coached by Gene Chizik, who was in his third season with Auburn. The Tigers played its home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, and competes in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers entered the 2011 season after winning the 2010 BCS National Championship. Auburn finished the year 8–5 overall, 4–4 in SEC play, fourth in the West Division season. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl where they defeated Virginia 43–24.

Previous season[edit]

During the 2010–2011 campaign, the Tigers finished the season undefeated, 14–0, with wins over No. 12 South Carolina, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, longtime rival Georgia, No. 9 Alabama, No. 18 South Carolina for a second time in the SEC Championship, and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.[1] They finished the season as the consensus National Champions, being voted No. 1 in the AP and Coaches' Polls in securing Auburn's first national title since 1957.[2] In addition to the national title, junior quarterback Cam Newton became the third Auburn player to win the Heisman Trophy.[3]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gene Chizik Head Coach Florida 3rd
Gus Malzahn Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Henderson State 3rd
Ted Roof Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Georgia Tech 3rd
Trooper Taylor Assistant head coach/Wide receivers Baylor 3rd
Curtis Luper Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator Stephen F. Austin 3rd
Jeff Grimes Offensive line UTEP 3rd
Jay Boulware Special teams Coordinator/Tight ends Texas 3rd
Mike Pelton Defensive line Auburn 1st
Phillip Lolley Cornerbacks Livingston 12th
Tommy Thigpen Safeties North Carolina 3rd
Kevin Yoxall Head Strength and Conditioning Coach TCU 12th

Returning starters[edit]

Key losses[edit]

  • QB Cam Newton
  • RB Mario Fannin
  • WR Darvin Adams
  • WR Terell Zachery
  • WR Kodi Burns
  • LT Lee Ziemba
  • LG Mike Berry
  • C Ryan Pugh
  • RG Byron Isom
  • DE Antoine Carter
  • DE Micheal Goggans
  • NG Zach Clayton
  • NT Nick Fairley
  • NT Mike Blanc
  • LB Josh Bynes
  • LB Craig Stevens
  • CB Demond Washington
  • K Wes Byrum
  • P Ryan Shoemaker

Dismissed from team

  • HB Eric Smith
  • WR Antonio Goodwin
  • WR Shaun Kitchens
  • TE Dakota Mosely
  • SS Mike McNeil

Quit team during spring

  • WR Derek Winters
  • WR Philip Pierre Louis
  • TE Robert Cooper
  • OT Roszell Gayden
  • OT Andre Harris
  • LB Jessel Curry

Current roster

  • 1 WR Trovon Reid (RFr)-projected starter
  • 3 WR DeAngelo Benton (Jr)
  • 5 RB Michael Dyer (So)-projected starter
  • 5 LB Jake Holland (So)-projected starter
  • 6 CB Jonathan Mincy (RFr)
  • 8 RB Anthony Gulley-Morgan (RSo)
  • 9 WR Quindarius Carr (Sr)
  • 9 CB Ryan White (So)
  • 10 LB LaDarius Owens (RFr)
  • 11 CB Chris Davis (So)
  • 12 FS Demetruce McNeal (So)-projected starter
  • 13 DE Craig Sanders (So)
  • 14 QB Barrett Trotter (Jr)-projected starter
  • 15 QB Clint Moseley (So)
  • 15 CB Neiko Thorpe (Sr)-projected starter
  • 16 FS Ikeem Means (Jr)
  • 18 QB Logan Paul (So)
  • 20 SS Drew Cole (Sr)
  • 21 LB Eltoro Freeman (Jr)
  • 22 CB T'Sharvin Bell (Jr)-projected starter
  • 23 RB Onterio McCalebb (Jr)
  • 25 LB Daren Bates (Jr)-projected starter
  • 28 CB Jonathan Rose (Fr)
  • 29 K Chandler Brooks (Sr)
  • 30 P Steven Clarke (So)-projected starter
  • 35 LB Jonathan Evans (Jr)-projected starter
  • 36 K Cody Parkey (So)-projected starter
  • 37 FB LaDarius Phillips (RFr)-projected starter
  • 38 LB Jawara White (RFr)
  • 40 HB Chris Humpheries (Sr)
  • 43 TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (Jr)-projected starter
  • 45 RB Davis Hooper (Sr)
  • 50 C Reese Dismukes (Fr)-projected starter
  • 52 DE Justin Delaine (RFr)
  • 54 NT Jeff Whitaker (So)-projected starter
  • 55 DE Corey Lemonier (So)-projected starter
  • 58 LB Harris Gaston (So)
  • 60 OG Eric Mack (RFr)
  • 61 LS Josh Harris (Jr)-projected starter
  • 62 LT Chris Slade (RFr)
  • 63 C Blake Burgess (So)
  • 65 C Tunde Funiyike (RFr)
  • 66 OG Thomas O'Reilly (Fr)
  • 68 OG Ed Christain (RFr)
  • 70 OG Shon Coleman (Fr)
  • 71 RG John Sullen (Jr)-projected starter
  • 74 NT Jamar Travis (Jr)
  • 75 OT Brandon Mosely (Sr)-projected starter
  • 77 OT A.J. Greene (Sr)-projected starter
  • 78 OT Aubrey Phillips (Fr)
  • 79 OG Jarod Cooper (Sr)-projected starter
  • 80 WR Emory Blake (Jr)-projected starter
  • 83 TE Chad Croce (So)
  • 85 WR Travante Stallworth (RSo)
  • 91 DE Joel Bonomolo (RJr)
  • 92 NG Kenneth Carter (So)-projected starter
  • 94 DE Nosa Equae (So)-projected starter
  • 95 DE Dee Ford (Jr)
  • 97 NG Derrick Lykes (Sr)

Transfers

  • RB Mike Blakely (Fr)- University Of Florida
  • RB Corey Grant (RFr)-University Of Alabama

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 11:00 am Utah State* #23 Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL ESPN2 W 42–38   85,245
September 10 11:30 am #16 Mississippi State Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL SECN W 41–34   87,451
September 17 11:00 am at Clemson* #21 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC ABC L 24–38   81,514
September 24 6:00 pm Florida Atlantic* Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL SECRN W 30–14   82,249
October 1 2:30 pm at #10 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC CBS W 16–13   81,767
October 8 6:00 pm at #10 Arkansas #15 Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN L 14–38   74,191
October 15 6:00 pm Florida #24 Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Rivalry) ESPN W 17–6   87,451
October 22 2:30 pm at #1 LSU #19 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA (Tiger Bowl) CBS L 10–45   93,098
October 29 6:00 pm Ole Miss Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPNU W 41–23   85,347
November 12 2:30 pm at #14 Georgia #20 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) CBS L 7–45   92,746
November 19 12:00 pm (FCS) Samford*dagger Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV W 35–16   84,842
November 26 2:30 pm #2 Alabama #24 Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 14–42   87,451
December 31 6:30 pm vs. Virginia* Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl) ESPN W 43–24   72,919
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Central Time Zone.

Game notes[edit]

Utah State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State 14 7 3 14 38
Auburn 7 7 14 14 42


Mississippi State[edit]

#16 Mississippi State at Auburn
1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi State 14 10 3 7 34
Auburn 14 17 3 7 41


Clemson[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 14 7 3 0 24
Clemson 0 21 14 3 38

Florida Atlantic[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida Atlantic 3 3 0 8 14
Auburn 10 0 20 0 30
  • Date: September 24
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 6:09 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:05
  • Game attendance: 82,249
  • Game weather: 81°; Sunny
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECRN): Bob Rathbun (play-by-play), Tim Couch (analyst), Kristina Akra (sideline reporter)

South Carolina[edit]

Auburn at #10 South Carolina
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 3 6 0 7 16
South Carolina 6 0 7 0 13




Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 14 0 0 0 14
Arkansas 7 14 7 10 38

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 6 0 0 6
Auburn 7 0 0 10 17
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 6:07 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Game weather: 77°; Clear Skies
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)


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LSU[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 3 0 0 7 10
LSU 7 14 21 3 45

Ole Miss[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 7 10 0 6 23
Auburn 14 3 14 10 41

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Georgia[edit]

Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 7 0 0 0 7
Georgia 14 21 3 7 45
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
  • Game start: 3:40 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 63°; Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)

Samford[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Samford 0 10 3 3 16
Auburn 7 7 7 14 35
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 12:05 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 84,842
  • Game weather: 55°; Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (PPV): Andy Burcham (play-by-play), Ben Leard (analyst)

Alabama[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 14 10 3 15 42
Auburn 7 0 7 0 14
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 2:39 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Game weather: 70°; Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)

Virginia[edit]

Chick-fil-A Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Virginia 7 10 7 0 24
Auburn 7 21 12 3 43
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 6:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 72,919
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Dennis Hannigan
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)

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Recruiting class[edit]

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 23 RV 21 RV RV 15 24 19 RV 25 24 RV RV NR NR RV 
Coaches' 19 22 19 RV RV 23 RV 23 RV RV 25 RV RV NR NR RV 
Harris Not released RV 21 RV 25 25 RV RV RV RV Not released 
BCS Not released 20 23 22 20 24 24 NR 25 Not released


References[edit]

  1. ^ "2009 Auburn Football". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. Auburn University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Football Rankings – Postseason". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 13, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2011. 
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