2012 College Football Early Preview
OFFENSE: Quindarius Carr-WR, Jay Wisner-WR, A.J. Greene-OT, Jared Cooper-OG, Brandon Mosley-OT, Michael Dyer-RB, Barrett Trotter-QB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Eltoro Freeman-MLB, Neiko Thorpe-S
RB Michael Dyer
Running Back / Tight End

Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb are still the bread and butter for this Tiger offense. Running with the ball keeps this offense formidable. All-SEC tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has the hands required to get the ball into the end zone via the air. He leads the team in touchdown snags.

Quarterback / Defense

No one is quite sure which quarterback is capable of leading Auburn out of the passing doldrums. 2011 was a complete rebuilding process on the defensive side of the ball. Boy, did the statistics sure prove it as Auburn ranked near the bottom in just about everything. All those players are back but they have much to prove.

DE Corey Lemonier
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2012 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB Clint Moseley-Jr Kiehl Frazier-So
RB Onterio McCalebb-Sr ..
WR Trovon Reed-So ..
WR Travante Stallworth-Sr ..
WR Emory Blake-Sr DeAngelo Benton-Sr
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen-Sr Brandon Fulse-So
OT .. ..
OG Chad Slade-So ..
C Reese Dismukes-So ..
OG John Sullen-Sr ..
OT .. ..
K Cody Parkey-Jr ..
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Corey Lemonier-Jr Craig Sanders-Jr
DT Jeffrey Whitaker-Jr Angelo Blackson-So
DT Kenneth Carter-Jr Gabe Wright-So / Devaunte Sigler-So
DE Nosa Eguae-Jr ..
LLB Jonathan Evans-Sr Justin Garrett-So
MLB Jake Holland-Jr ..
RLB Daren Bates-Sr Jawara White-So
CB Chris Davis-Jr Jonathon Mincy-So / Ryan White-Jr
CB T'Sharvan Bell-Sr Robenson Therezie-So / Jermaine Whitehead-So
S Erique Florence-So ..
S Demetruce McNeal-Jr Ryan Smith-Jr
P Steven Clark-Jr ..
  • No team had to rebuild this past season like Auburn. Six true freshmen picked up starts. The term "rebuild" is no longer a usable excuse with 18 returning starters.
  • It's best to throw the current statistics out. Don't even look at them. But for the record, Auburn ranked in the bottom three of eight different SEC statistical categories. In its five losses the Tigers were outscored 208-69.
  • Michael Dyer and Onterio McCalebb represent the best one-two running back package in the conference. Dyer is climbing the Auburn record books with each 100-yard game. There may be deeper backfields and just as much talent elsewhere, but no dual package is as important to the team.
  • The passing game is non-existent. Don't blame it on the receivers. Auburn is a combined 20-3 when either Emory Blake or Philip Lutzenkirchen has a touchdown reception.
  • Linebacker Daren Bates is the heart of the defense, tallying 96 total tackles last season. Defensive end Corey Lemonier is the star and represents one of the top three pass rushers in the league.
  • Auburn will be a better team, but the Tigers are still the fourth best team in the SEC West until a quarterback can prove capable of throwing the ball. This will have to be accomplished without offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn running the show.



Sept. 1 - Clemson @Atlanta, GA
Sept. 8 - at Mississippi
Sept. 22 - Louisiana State
Oct. 6 - Arkansas
Oct. 13 - at Mississippi
Oct. 20 - at Vanderbilt
Oct. 27 - Texas A&M
Nov. 3 - McNeese State
Nov. 10 - Georgia
Nov. 17 - Alabama A&M
Nov. 24 - at Alabama
TBA - Louisiana-Monroe