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Auburn Tigers
2016 Auburn Tigers football team
AuburnTigers.svg
First season 1892
Athletic director Jay Jacobs
Head coach Gus Malzahn
4th year, 29–15 (.659)
Other staff Rhett Lashlee, OC
Kevin Steele, DC
Travis Williams, Linebackers coach
Kodi Burns, Wide receiver coach
Stadium Jordan–Hare Stadium
Field Pat Dye Field
Year built 1939
Seating capacity 87,451
Field surface Grass
Location Auburn, Alabama
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Western
All-time record 742–421–47 (.633)
Bowl record 23–15–2 (.600)
Claimed nat'l titles 2 (1957, 2010)
Unclaimed nat'l titles 6 (1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993)
National finalist 2 (2010, 2013)
Conference titles 12 (8 SEC, 3 SIAA, 1 Southern)
Division titles 8
Heisman winners 3
Consensus All-Americans 29
Current uniform
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Colors Navy Blue and Burnt Orange[1]
         
Fight song War Eagle
Mascot Aubie the Tiger
Marching band Auburn University Marching Band
Outfitter Under Armour
Primary Rivals
Website www.auburntigers.com

The Auburn Tigers football program represents Auburn University in the sport of American college football. Auburn competes in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) and the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Auburn officially began competing in intercollegiate football in 1892. The Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in 1932 as one of the inaugural members of the conference and the Tigers began competing in the West Division when the conference divided in 1992. Auburn officially claims two national championships, but has been recognized with five national championships from NCAA documented selectors. Auburn has achieved twelve undefeated seasons and won twelve conference championships, along with eight divisional championships. The Tigers have made thirty-eight post season bowl appearances; including ten historically major bowl berths.[2] The Tigers have the 12th most wins in FBS history with over 700 victories and have finished ranked in the Top 25 of either the AP or Coaches polls 37 times, including finishing in the top ten 18 times (ranked 12th nationally for top ten finishes).

The Tigers have produced three Heisman Trophy winners: quarterback Pat Sullivan in 1971, running back Bo Jackson in 1985, and quarterback Cam Newton in 2010. Auburn has also produced twenty-nine [3] consensus All-American players. The College Football Hall of Fame has inducted a total of 12 individuals from Auburn, including 8 student-athletes and four head coaches: John Heisman, Mike Donahue, Ralph Jordan, and Pat Dye. Ralph "Shug" Jordan, who coached from 1951 to 1975, led Auburn to its first national championship and won a total of 176 games, the most by any Auburn coach.

Auburn's home stadium is Jordan–Hare Stadium, which opened in 1939 and becomes Alabama's fifth largest city on gamedays with a capacity of 87,451. Auburn's archrival is in-state foe Alabama. The Tigers and Crimson Tide meet annually in the Iron Bowl, one of the biggest rivalries in all of sports. The Tigers also maintain rivalries with SEC foes Georgia and LSU, although Auburn and LSU did not play each other in every season until 1992. The Tigers are currently led by head coach Gus Malzahn.

History[edit]

Recent history[edit]

The Auburn Tigers have had uneven success in recent[when?] years. Since the expansion of the SEC in 1992, Auburn has the fourth-highest win percentage in SEC West league play (58.7%), behind Alabama, LSU and Texas A&M, respectively.[4] At of the end of the 2012 season, Auburn teams had won 45 of their last 74 conference match-ups, including 20 of the last 36 SEC away games. Auburn teams have won 12 of their last 25 match-ups versus top-10 opponents. The Tigers at Jordan–Hare Stadium at night between 2000 and 2009 won 24 of 29. Over the past five seasons,[when?] Auburn has won 38 out of 65 total games, ranking 41st nationally in winning percentage (59.4%).[5]

Historical ranking[edit]

Auburn has the 13th most wins in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision.[6] In terms of winning percentage, Auburn ranks as the 9th most successful team in the past 25 years with a 71% win rate (213–86–5)[7] and 9th over the last half century (1955–2010) with 69%.[8] Of the 93 current I-A football programs that been active since Auburn first fielded a team 116 years ago, Auburn ranks 14th in winning percentage over that period.[9]

The College Football Research Center lists Auburn as the 14th best college football program in history,[10] with eight Auburn squads listed in Billingsley's Top 200 Teams of All Time (1869–2010).[11] The Bleacher Report placed Auburn as the 18th best program of all time in their power rankings conducted after the 2010 season.[12] In 2013, College Football Data Warehouse, a website dedicated to the historical data of college football,[13] listed Auburn 13th all-time.[14] After the 2008 season, ESPN ranked Auburn the 21st most prestigious program in history.[15]

The Associated Press poll statistics show Auburn with the 11th best national record of being ranked in the final AP Poll[16] and 14th overall (ranked 503 times out of 1058 polls since the poll began in 1936), with an average ranking of 11.2.[17] Since the Coaches Poll first released a final poll in 1950, Auburn has 26 seasons where the team finished ranked in the top 20 in both the AP and Coaches Polls.[18]

Auburn has also had success against teams ranked number one in the nation. The Tigers have beaten four teams ranked number one in the nation.

Year Opponent Result Site
1942 vs. Georgia[19] W 27–13 Columbus, GA
1994 vs. Florida W 36–33 Gainesville, FL
2001 vs. Florida W 23–20 Auburn, AL
2013 vs. Alabama W 34–28 Auburn, AL

Heisman Winners[edit]

Three Auburn players, Pat Sullivan in 1971, Bo Jackson in 1985, and Cam Newton in 2010, have won the Heisman Trophy. The Trophy's namesake, John Heisman, coached at Auburn from 1895 until 1899. Of the eight schools of which Heisman coached (among others, Georgia Tech and Clemson), Auburn is the only school that has produced a Heisman Trophy winner. The Auburn athletic department has announced that it will honor the school's three Heisman winners with statues, along with a bust of coach John Heisman, outside the east side of Jordan-Hare Stadium.[20]

Team championships[edit]

National championships[edit]

Five Auburn teams have been awarded a National Championship by an NCAA documented selector—1913, 1957, 1983, 1993, and 2010.[21] However, only the 1957 title, awarded by the Associated Press,[22] and the BCS National Championship in 2010 are claimed outright by the University. Four additional teams have also been named national champions by a minor selector, though none are recognized—1910, 1914, 1958, and 2004.

Year Coach Selector Record Notes
1913 Mike Donahue Various 8–0 SIAA Champions
1957 Ralph "Shug" Jordan AP 10–0 SEC Champions
1983 Pat Dye Various 11–1 SEC Champions, Won Sugar Bowl
1993 Terry Bowden Various 11–0
2010 Gene Chizik AP, Coaches, BCS 14–0 SEC Champions, Won BCS Title Game

† in 1993 Auburn was ineligible for the SEC Championship Game and postseason bowl game.

1913 season[edit]

The 1913 team was coached by Mike Donahue and was undefeated at 8–0, outscoring opponents 224–13. Auburn, led by senior captain Kirk Newell, finished as SIAA champions for the first time in school history. Newell, also a member of the Upsilon Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, went on to be a World War I hero and member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.[23] The Tigers were retroactively awarded a national title by The Billingsley Report.

1957 season[edit]

The 1957 Auburn Tigers, led by coach Ralph "Shug" Jordan, finished with a perfect 10–0 record, marking the school's first ever SEC championship. Auburn was recognized as national champions by the AP Poll even though they were on probation and did not participate in a bowl game. This was the school's first recognized national championship. The 1957 title is shared with Ohio State, who was named the national champion by the Coaches' Poll. This was the first of only two times in the history of the AP championship that it was awarded to a team on probation not allowed to participate in a bowl game (it would occur again in 1974 with Oklahoma).

1983 season[edit]

The 1983 Auburn Tigers, led by head coach Pat Dye and running back Bo Jackson, finished 11–1 after playing the nation's toughest schedule. Their only loss came against #3 Texas, who defeated the Tigers, 20–7. Auburn went on to defeat #8 Michigan, 9–7, in the Sugar Bowl. Despite entering the bowl games ranked third in both major polls, and with both teams ranked higher losing their bowl games, the Tigers ended ranked third in the final AP poll. The New York Times ranked Auburn number one at the conclusion of the season, but several other retroactive polling found Auburn at number 1, including the Billingsley Report. The universally recognized national champions for 1983 are the Miami Hurricanes.

1993 season[edit]

Head coach Terry Bowden led the 1993 team to a perfect season in his first year on the Plains. The Tigers were the only undefeated team in major college football, however were banned from playing on television or post-season games due to NCAA violations. Rival Alabama was sent to the SEC Championship Game as the substitute representative of the Western Division. Auburn finished ranked fourth in the nation by the Associated Press. However, Auburn was on NCAA probation in 1993 and ineligible for post season play.

2010 season[edit]

The Tigers, led by second year head coach Gene Chizik, completed a 12–0 regular season record and defeated South Carolina in the 2010 SEC Championship Game. On October 24, 2010, Auburn was ranked first in the BCS polls for the first time in school history. On January 10, 2011, Auburn defeated Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game in Glendale, Arizona, 22–19, to win their first BCS National Championship, and second claimed national title. Their quarterback, Cam Newton, became a Heisman Trophy winner. He had a total of 2,854 yards passing and 30 passing touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,473 yards and 20 touchdowns.

Summary[edit]

The following table summarizes the source and totals for Auburn's national championship seasons.

Source Championships Years
AP/Coaches' Poll/BCS (1936–present) Two 1957 (AP), 2010
CFBDW (recognized) Three 1913, 1957, 2010
CFBDW (all) Five 1913, 1957, 1983, 1993, 2010
Claimed by Auburn Two 1957, 2010

Undefeated seasons[edit]

Since its beginnings in 1892, Auburn has completed twelve undefeated seasons.[24] This includes seven (7) perfect seasons in which the Tigers were undefeated and untied.

Year Coach Record
1893 D. M. Balliet/G. H. Harvey 3–0–2
1897 John Heisman 2–0–1
1900 Billy Watkins 4–0
1904 Mike Donahue 5–0
1913 Mike Donahue 8–0
1914 Mike Donahue 8–0–1
1932 Chet A. Wynne 9–0–1
1957 Ralph "Shug" Jordan 10–0
1958 Ralph "Shug" Jordan 9–0–1
1993 Terry Bowden 11–0
2004 Tommy Tuberville 13–0
2010 Gene Chizik 14–0
Total Undefeated Seasons: 12 (7 Perfect)

Conference championships[edit]

Auburn officially recognizes that it has won outright or a share of 12 total conference championships, including 3 SIAA Championships, 1 Southern Conference Championship, and 8 SEC Championships.

Conference Championships
Conference Conference Championships
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 3
Southern Conference 1
Southeastern Conference 8
Total Conference Championships 12

Conference affiliations:

Conference Affiliations
Player Year
Independent 1892-1894
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association 1895-1920
Southern Conference 1921-1932
Southeastern Conference 1933–Present
Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1913 SIAA Mike Donahue 9–0 8–0
1914 SIAA Mike Donahue 8–0–1 5–0–1
1919 SIAA Mike Donahue 8–1 5–1
1932 SoCon Chet A. Wynne 9–0–1 6–0–1
1957 SEC Ralph "Shug" Jordan 10–0 7–0
1983 SEC Pat Dye 11–1 6–0
1987 SEC Pat Dye 9–1–2 6–0–1
1988 SEC Pat Dye 10–2 6–1
1989 SEC Pat Dye 10–2 6–1
2004 SEC Tommy Tuberville 13–0 8–0
2010 SEC Gene Chizik 14–0 8–0
2013 SEC Gus Malzahn 12–2 7–1
Total Conference Championships: 12 (3 SIAA, 1 Southern, 8 SEC)
† Denotes co-champions

Additional championships:

During Auburn's time in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA), three teams tied for a share of the conference championship, though they are not officially recognized by the University:

Conference
conference Year Head Coach
1900 1900 Walter H. Watkins
1904 1904 Mike Donahue
1910 1910 Mike Donahue

Divisional championships[edit]

Since divisional play began in 1992, Auburn has won the SEC Western Division championship and gone on to the conference title game on 5 occasions and is 3–2 in the SEC Championship Game. The most recent appearance came in 2013, as Auburn completed the regular season 11–1, and defeated Missouri, 59–42, in the 2013 SEC Championship Game. Auburn has also shared the western division title, but did not play in the championship game due to tiebreakers on 3 occasions. Auburn also finished the 1993 season in first place in the division but was not eligible for the division title.

Year Division Coach Overall Record Conference Record SEC Championship Game Result
1997 SEC West Terry Bowden 10–3 6–2 #11 Auburn 29, #3 Tennessee 30
2000 SEC West Tommy Tuberville 9–4 6–2 #18 Auburn 6, #7 Florida 28
2001 SEC West Tommy Tuberville 7–5 5–3 LSU won divisional tiebreaker
2002 SEC West Tommy Tuberville 9–4 5–3 Arkansas won divisional tiebreaker
2004 SEC West Tommy Tuberville 13–0 8–0 #3 Auburn 38, #15 Tennessee 28
2005 SEC West Tommy Tuberville 9–3 7–1 LSU won divisional tiebreaker
2010 SEC West Gene Chizik 14–0 8–0 #1 Auburn 56, #19 South Carolina 17
2013 SEC West Gus Malzahn 12–2 7–1 #3 Auburn 59, #5 Missouri 42
Division Championships 8
† Denotes co-champions

Rivalries[edit]

Auburn maintains annual rivalry games with SEC foes LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. The Tigers have played Georgia 117 times in the Deep South's Oldest Rivalry, the most of any opponent. Auburn's primary rivalry game is the Iron Bowl against Alabama. Rivalries with Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tulane and Tennessee were more prominent during Auburn's membership in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Southern Conference, and the early days of the Southeastern Conference.

Primary Auburn Football Rivalries: All-Time Records
Name of Rivalry Rival Games Played First Meeting Last Meeting Record Streak Latest win
Iron Bowl Alabama 80 1893 2015 35–44–1 2 loss 2013, 34–28
Deep South's Oldest Rivalry Georgia 119 1892 2015 55–56–8 2 loss 2013, 43–38
The Tiger Bowl LSU 50 1901 2016 22–28–1 1 win 2016, 18–13
Auburn–Florida Florida 83 1912 2011 43–38–2 3 wins 2011, 17–6
Auburn–Georgia Tech Georgia Tech 92 1892 2005 47–41–4 2 losses 1987, 20–10
Auburn–Tennessee Tennessee 52 1900 2013 28–21–3 6 wins 2013, 55–23
Auburn–Tulane Tulane 37 1902 2006 14–17–6 1 win 2006, 38–13
Auburn–Clemson Clemson 49 1899 2012 34–13–2 2 losses 2010, 27–24
Auburn-Mississippi State Mississippi State 89 1905 2015 61–26–2[25][26] 2 loss 2013, 24–20

Total program achievements[edit]

National Champions 1957, 2010
Unclaimed National Champions 1910, 1913, 1914, 1958, 1983, 1993, 2004
Conference Champions 1913, 1914, 1919, 1932, 1957, 1983, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2010, 2013
Undefeated Seasons 1893, 1897, 1900, 1904, 1913, 1914, 1932, 1957, 1958, 1993, 2004, 2010
Divisional Champions 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2010, 2013
Heisman Trophy Winners 1971, 1985, 2010
Final Top 10 (AP) 1955, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
Final Top 10 (Coaches) 1955, 1957, 1958, 1963, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1983, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
Bowl Victories* 1937, 1954, 1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015
  • Years listed for Bowl victories are seasons for which they occurred.

Traditions[edit]

Tiger Walk[edit]

Before each Auburn home football game, thousands of Auburn fans line Donahue Drive to cheer on the team as they walk from the Auburn Athletic Complex to Jordan–Hare Stadium. The tradition began in the 1950s when groups of kids would walk up the street to greet the team and get autographs. During the tenure of coach Doug Barfield, the coach urged fans to come out and support the team, and thousands did. Today the team walks down the hill and into the stadium surrounded by fans who pat them on the back and shake their hands as they walk. The largest Tiger Walk occurred on December 2, 1989, before the first ever home football game against rival Alabama—the Iron Bowl. On that day, an estimated 20,000 fans packed the one block section of road leading to the stadium. According to former athletic director David Housel, Tiger Walk has become "the most copied tradition in all of college football".[27]

"War Eagle"[edit]

Nova, "War Eagle VII"
Main article: War Eagle

There are many stories surrounding the origins of Auburn's battle cry, "War Eagle". The most popular account involves the first Auburn football game in 1892 between Auburn and the University of Georgia. According to the story, in the stands that day was an old Civil War soldier with an eagle that he had found injured on a battlefield and kept as a pet. The eagle broke free and began to soar over the field, and Auburn began to march toward the Georgia end-zone. The crowd began to chant, "War Eagle" as the eagle soared. After Auburn won the game, the eagle crashed to the field and died but, according to the legend, his spirit lives on every time an Auburn man or woman yells "War Eagle!" The battle cry of "War Eagle" also functions as a greeting for those associated with the University. For many years, a live golden eagle has embodied the spirit of this tradition. The eagle was once housed on campus in The A. Elwyn Hamer Jr. Aviary (which was the second largest single-bird enclosure in the country), but the aviary was taken down in 2003 and the eagle moved to a nearby raptor center. The eagle, War Eagle VI (nicknamed "Tiger"), was trained in 2000 to fly free around the stadium before every home game to the delight of fans. The present eagle, War Eagle VII (nicknamed "Nova"), continues the tradition. War Eagle VI is believed to be the inspiration behind the 2005–2006 Auburn Cheerleading squad's chant, "Tigers, Tigers, Gooooooo Tigers!"

Toomer's Corner[edit]

The intersection of Magnolia and College streets in Auburn, which marks the transition from downtown Auburn to the university campus, is known as Toomer's Corner. It is named after Toomer's Drugs, a small store on the corner that has been an Auburn landmark since 1896. Hanging over the corner were two massive old oak trees, planted in 1937, and whenever there was cause for celebration in the Auburn community, toilet paper could usually be found hanging from the trees. Also known as "rolling the corner," this tradition originated after Auburn upset #2 Alabama in the 1972 Iron Bowl, The famous 'Punt Bama Punt' Game. "We beat the 'number 2' out of Alabama." Until the mid-1990s the tradition was relegated to only to celebrating athletic wins.

The oak trees were cut down by the university in April, 2013, as a result of them being poisoned by Harvey Updyke Jr., a fan of rival Alabama.

Wreck Tech Pajama Parade[edit]

The Wreck Tech Pajama Parade originated in the 1930s, when a group of mischievous Auburn ROTC cadets, determined to show up the more well-known engineers from Georgia Tech, sneaked out of their dorms the night before the football game between Auburn and Tech and greased the railroad tracks. According to the story, the train carrying the Georgia Tech team slid through town and didn't stop until it was halfway to the neighboring town of Loachapoka, Alabama. The Georgia Tech team was forced to walk the five miles back to Auburn and, not surprisingly, were rather weary at the end of their journey. This likely contributed to their 45–0 loss. While the railroad long ago ceased to be the way teams traveled to Auburn and students never greased the tracks again, the tradition continues in the form of a parade through downtown Auburn. Students parade through the streets in their pajamas and organizations build floats.[28]

Current coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gus Malzahn Head Coach Henderson State 4th
Rodney Garner Defensive Line/Recruiting Coordinator Auburn 4th
Kevin Steele Defensive Coordinator Tennessee 1st
Rhett Lashlee Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks coach Arkansas 4th
Kodi Burns Wide receivers coach/Co-Offensive Coordinator Auburn 1st
Wesley McGriff Secondary Coach/Co-Defensive Coordinator Savannah State 1st
Travis Williams Linebackers Coach Auburn 1st
Scott Fountain Tight Ends/Special teams Coordinator Samford 4th
Tim Horton Running Backs coach Arkansas 4th
Herb Hand Offensive line coach Hamilton College 1st
Ryan Russell Strength and conditioning coach Auburn 4th

Head coaches[edit]

Auburn Head Coach
Head Coach
List of Auburn Tigers head football coaches

Auburn has had 25 head coaches, and 1 interim head coach, since it began play during the 1892 season.[29] From 2013 to present, Gus Malzahn has served as Auburn's head coach.[30] The team has played more than 1,150 games over 119 seasons.[29] In that time, seven coaches have led the Tigers in postseason bowl games: Jack Meagher, Ralph Jordan, Pat Dye, Terry Bowden, Tommy Tuberville, Gene Chizik, and Gus Malzahn.[31] Billy Watkins, Mike Donahue, Chet A. Wynne, Jordan, Dye, Tuberville, Chizik, and Malzhan won a combined twelve conference championships.[32] During their tenures, Jordan and Chizik each won national championships with the Tigers.[32][33]

Award winners[edit]

A number of Auburn players and coaches have won national awards, including 66 players being named as college football All-Americans. The Tigers also have eleven coaches and players that have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia.

Statues[edit]

Auburn Tigers Player Statues
No. Player Position Tenure
2 Cam Newton QB 2010
7 Pat Sullivan QB 1969-71
34 Bo Jackson RB 1982–85
HC John Heisman HC 1895-99

Retired numbers[edit]

The Tigers have retired three numbers to date, honoring the following players:[34]

Auburn Tigers retired numbers
No. Player Position Tenure
7 Pat Sullivan QB 1969–71
88 Terry Beasley WR 1969–71
34 Bo Jackson RB 1982–85

Hall of Fame[edit]

Players
Year Inducted
Coaches
Year Inducted
1954Jimmy Hitchcock
1956Walter Gilbert
1991Pat Sullivan
1994Tucker Frederickson
1998Bo Jackson
2002Terry Beasley
2004Tracy Rocker
2009Ed Dyas
1951"Iron Mike" Donahue
1954John Heisman
1982Ralph "Shug" Jordan
2005Pat Dye

National awards[edit]

Players

Heisman Trophy[35]
Best player
Walter Camp Award[36]
Best player
Maxwell Award
Best player
1971Pat Sullivan, QB
1985Bo Jackson, RB
2010Cam Newton,QB
1971Pat Sullivan, QB
1985Bo Jackson, RB
2010Cam Newton,QB
2010Cam Newton,QB
Davey O'Brien Award
Best quarterback
Manning Award
Best quarterback
Outland Trophy[37]
Best interior lineman
Lombardi Award[38]
Best lineman/linebacker
Jim Thorpe Award[39]
Best defensive back
Rimington Trophy[40]
Best center
2010Cam Newton 2010Cam Newton 1958Zeke Smith,G
1988Tracy Rocker, DT
1988Tracy Rocker, DT
2010Nick Fairley, DT
2004Carlos Rogers, CB 2014Reese Dismukes

Coaches

Paul "Bear" Bryant Award[41]
Coach of the Year
Eddie Robinson Award
Coach of the Year
Sporting News Award
Coach of the Year
Home Depot Award[42]
Coach of the Year
Bowden Award[43]
Coach of the Year
Broyles Award[44]
Best assistant coach
1993Terry Bowden
2004Tommy Tuberville
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
1993Terry Bowden
2013Gus Malzahn
1993Terry Bowden
2004Tommy Tuberville
2013Gus Malzahn
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
2010Gene Chizik
2013Gus Malzahn
2004Gene Chizik
2010Gus Malzahn

1st Team All-Americans[edit]

Name Position Years Source
Jimmy Hitchcock HB 1932 WCFF, AP, NEA
Walter Gilbert C 1937 AP
Monk Gafford RB 1942 INS
Caleb "Tex" Warrington C 1944 FWAA, WCFF, AP
Travis Tidwell RB 1949 Williamson
Jim Pyburn WR 1954
Joe Childress RB 1955 FWAA
Frank D'Agostino T 1955 AFCA, AP
Fob James RB 1955 INS
Jimmy Phillips DE 1957 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, TSN, NEA, INS

, UP, Time

Zeke Smith OG 1958, 1959 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, CP, TSN, NEA, Time
Jackie Burkett C 1958 AFCA, Time
Ken Rice OT 1959, 1960 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, CP, TSN, NEA, UPI, Time
Ed Dyas RB 1960 FWAA
Jimmy Sidle RB 1963 FWAA, AP
Tucker Frederickson RB 1964 FWAA, WCFF, NEA, CP, FN, AP, Time
Jack Thornton DT 1965 NEA
Bill Cody LB 1965
Freddie Hyatt WR 1967 TFN
David Campbell DT 1968 NEA
Buddy McClinton DB 1969 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, CP, FN, UPI
Larry Willingham DB 1970 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, FN, TSN, PFW, CP, NEA, UPI, Time
Pat Sullivan QB 1970, 1971 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, FN, TSN, UPI
Terry Beasley WR 1970, 1971 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, FN, TSN, NEA, UPI, Time
Mike Fuller S 1974 FN
Ken Bernich LB 1974 AFCA, WCFF, AP
Neil O'Donoghue PK 1976 TSN
Keith Uecker OG 1981 Mizlou
Bob Harris SS 1982
Donnie Humphrey DT 1983 WTBS
Gregg Carr LB 1984 AFCA, WCFF, AP, UPI
Bo Jackson RB 1983, 1985 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, TSN, UPI
Lewis Colbert P 1985 AFCA, TSN
Ben Tamburello C 1986 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF
Brent Fullwood RB 1986 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, SH, TFN, UPI
Aundray Bruce LB 1987 AFCA, WCFF, SH, TFN, UPI
Kurt Crain LB 1987 AP
Stacy Searels OT 1987 AP, TFN
Tracy Rocker DT 1987, 1988 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, TSN, UPI
Walter Reeves TE 1988 TSN
Benji Roland DT 1988 TSN
Ed King OG 1989, 1990 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, SH, UPI, TFN
Craig Ogletree LB 1989 TSN
David Rocker DT 1990 AFCA, WCFF, AP, UPI
Wayne Gandy OT 1993 AP, FWAA, SH, UPI
Terry Daniel P 1993 AFCA, FWAA, WCFF, AP, TSN, SH, TFN
Brian Robinson SS 1994 WCFF, AP, TFN
Frank Sanders WR 1994 AP, FWAA, SH
Chris Shelling SS 1994 FWAA, SH
Victor Riley OT 1997 AFCA
Takeo Spikes LB 1997 TSN
Damon Duval PK 2001 AFCA, WCFF, AP
Karlos Dansby LB 2003 AFCA, ESPN
Marcus McNeill OT 2004, 2005 AP, CBS, FWAA, SI, Rivals, CFN, WCFF, TSN, ESPN
Carlos Rogers CB 2004 AP, FWAA, WCFF, SI, Rivals, CFN, ESPN, CBS
Junior Rosegreen SS 2004 SI, CBS
Carnell Williams RB 2004 AFCA
Ben Grubbs OG 2006 Rivals, ESPN, PFW
Cam Newton QB 2010 AFCA, AP, Rivals, SI, WCFF, TSN, CBS
Lee Ziemba OT 2010 AFCA, FWAA, SI, WCFF
Nick Fairley DT 2010 AP, FWAA, Rivals, SI, WCFF, ESPN, CBS, TSN
Steven Clark P 2011 AP, SI, Rivals, PFW
Tre Mason RB 2013 TSN
Chris Davis PR 2013 TSN, CBS
Reese Dismukes C 2014 WCFF, AP, AFCA, FWAA, CBS, ESPN, Scout
  • Denotes consensus All-American
  • Denotes unanimous All-American

Tigers in the NFL[edit]

Auburn has had 269 players drafted into the NFL, with Joel Eaves being the first ever to be drafted in 1937. Auburn has had a total of 31 first round picks, 9 top 5 picks, and 4 number 1 overall picks in the NFL draft. Auburn currently has 35 players playing in the NFL.[when?]

Bo Jackson was taken with the first pick in the 1986 draft
Cam Newton was the top overall pick in the 2011 draft

The Iron Bowl[edit]

The Iron Bowl is played annually between Auburn and Alabama, and is widely reckoned as the most bitter rivalry in college football. The game was first played from 1893 to 1906 but was suspended for 42 years. The game resumed in 1949 and the rivalry has blossomed into one of the biggest games of the year. While Alabama leads the overall series 44–35–1, Auburn has won nine out of the 17 meetings since it became a home-and-home series in 1999.

Bowl games[edit]

Auburn football teams have been invited to participate in 40 total bowls and have garnered a record of 23–15–2. Auburn ranks as one of the best programs in the nation in success in bowl games. Auburn ranks 16th in all-time bowl appearances with 40, 10th in all-time bowl wins with 23, and 5th in all-time bowl win percentage (minimum of 20 games) at .622. Most recently, Auburn beat the Memphis Tigers in the Birmingham Bowl, 31–10, on December 30, 2015. Auburn faced #1 Florida State in the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, California on January 6, 2014. They lost by a score of 34–31. It was the Tigers' second BCS Championship appearance in four years.

W/L Date PF Opponent PA Bowl Attendance
T 01-01-1937 7 Villanova 7 Bacardi Bowl 12,000
W 01-01-1938 6 Michigan State 0 Orange Bowl 18,972
L 01-01-1954 13 Texas Tech 35 Gator Bowl 28,641
W 12-31-1954 33 Baylor 13 Gator Bowl 28,426
L 12-31-1955 13 Vanderbilt 25 Gator Bowl 32,174
L 01-01-1964 7 Nebraska 13 Orange Bowl 72,647
L 12-18-1965 7 Mississippi 13 Liberty Bowl 38,607
W 12-28-1968 34 Arizona 10 Sun Bowl 32,307
L 12-31-1969 7 Houston 36 Bluebonnet Bowl 55,203
W 01-02-1971 35 Mississippi 28 Gator Bowl 71,136
L 01-01-1972 22 Oklahoma 40 Sugar Bowl 80,096
W 12-30-1972 24 Colorado 3 Gator Bowl 71,114
L 12-29-1973 17 Missouri 34 Sun Bowl 30,127
W 12-30-1974 27 Texas 3 Gator Bowl 63,811
W 12-18-1982 33 Boston College 26 Tangerine Bowl 51,296
W 01-02-1984 9 Michigan 7 Sugar Bowl 77,893
W 12-27-1984 21 Arkansas 15 Liberty Bowl 50,108
L 01-01-1986 16 Texas A&M 36 Cotton Bowl Classic 73,137
W 01-01-1987 16 Southern California 7 Florida Citrus Bowl 51,113
T 01-01-1988 16 Syracuse 16 Sugar Bowl 75,495
L 01-02-1989 7 Florida State 13 Sugar Bowl 75,098
W 01-01-1990 31 Ohio State 14 Hall of Fame Bowl 52,535
W 12-29-1990 27 Indiana 23 Peach Bowl 38,962
L 01-01-1996 14 Penn State 43 Outback Bowl 65,313
W 12-31-1996 32 Army 29 Independence Bowl 41,366
W 01-02-1998 21 Clemson 17 Peach Bowl 75,562
L 01-01-2001 28 Michigan 31 Florida Citrus Bowl 66,928
L 12-31-2001 10 North Carolina 16 Peach Bowl 71,827
W 01-01-2003 13 Penn State 9 Capital One Bowl 66,334
W 12-31-2003 28 Wisconsin 14 Music City Bowl 55,109
W 01-03-2005 16 Virginia Tech 13 Sugar Bowl 77,349
L 01-02-2006 10 Wisconsin 24 Capital One Bowl 57,221
W 01-01-2007 17 Nebraska 14 Cotton Bowl Classic 66,777
W 12-31-2007 23 Clemson 20 Chick-fil-A Bowl 74,413
W 01-01-2010 38 Northwestern 35 Outback Bowl 49,383
W 01-10-2011 22 Oregon 19 BCS National Championship Game 78,603
W 12-31-2011 43 Virginia 24 Chick-fil-A Bowl 72,919
L 01-06-2014 31 Florida State 34 BCS National Championship Game 94,208
L 01-01-2015 31 Wisconsin 34 Outback Bowl 44,023
W 12-30-2015 31 Memphis 10 Birmingham Bowl 59,430

Future opponents[edit]

Non-division opponents[edit]

Auburn plays Georgia as a permanent non-division opponent annually and rotates around the East division among the other six schools.[45]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
at Georgia vs Georgia at Georgia vs Georgia at Georgia vs Georgia at Georgia vs Georgia at Georgia vs Georgia
vs Vanderbilt at Missouri vs Tennessee at Florida vs Kentucky at South Carolina vs Missouri at Vanderbilt vs Florida at Tennessee

Non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of April 9, 2015
Auburn is scheduled to play the following non-conference opponents in future seasons:[46]

2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
vs. Clemson at Clemson vs. Alabama State vs. Oregon (Arlington, TX) vs. California at California
vs. Arkansas State vs. Mercer vs. Georgia State
vs. Alabama A&M vs. Georgia Southern
vs. Louisiana–Monroe vs. Louisiana–Monroe

Notes[edit]

Endnotes[edit]

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