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1st and 10 with Philip Lutzenkirchen
Philip Lutzenkirchen

Aug. 24, 2011

AUBURN -- Tradition never graduates. Though the 2011 BCS National Championship is in the rearview mirror, the Auburn Tigers continue to press on toward success on the field and off it. As Saturday, September 3, grows closer, we introduce you to some of the men who will take the field at Jordan-Hare this year.

Philip Lutzenkirchen | Tight End | Junior | Marietta, Ga.

I realized I could play football at this level during my junior year of high school. I had a game where I had like 12 or 13 catches in one game, and I think after that I figured that I would be playing football or basketball or another sport in college.

The most important thing football has taught me is that I need structure in my life. When we get a few days off I just sit around and get bored, so it's just good to have something to do.

When I was younger, I didn't really have a favorite football player. I've always just kinda watched the game. I guess Brian Urlacher, linebacker for the Bears, is one of my favorite football players.

Playing for Coach Boulware is good. I've been with him for almost three years now, so I kind of know everything he wants and everything that he expects out of us. It's good that I can relate to him. He doesn't really have to correct me because I already know what I did wrong on most things.

The key to being a tight end in the SEC is you have to be physical. It's one of the toughest leagues. The biggest, fastest players in the whole country are in this league and if you don't bring physicality with you every play then you're going to get beat.

I was shocked that "the lutzy" got blown up way more than I thought it would. It was good.

I was born in Chicago and lived there and then moved down to Atlanta so it's funny. People expect me to have a southern accent and I don't have one at all because I spent time in both cities,

I would never eat bugs. You watch the travel channel and people are eating bugs when they go to other countries, and I don't think I would ever do that.

The most important thing of a winning team is the chemistry. You have to be able to relate to all your teammates and really play for each other. I think that's what makes a good team.

The best Christmas gift I got as a child was a bunny. We got a bunny one year as a family. It was when I was really young so it was a pretty good Christmas.

The most memorable moment of my football career before I came to Auburn was getting the chance to travel around and going to see all these different schools that were recruiting me. I got the chance to go out to California and visit some of those schools and down in Florida. It was neat to see how it works.

Seeing myself on ESPN for the first time was another thing that got blown up without me really thinking it would. It was neat. I think I've gotten a little bit better at interviews since then. I remember stuttering a lot and being real nervous. It was cool to brag to my friends that I was on TV.

If I could go to any place in the world, I would go to Jamaica or on a cruise somewhere. I've never been out of the country so it'd be nice to just relax on a beach somewhere.

People would be surprised that I am pretty laid back. I think people think that I am all over the place all the time, but when I get free time I just kind of sit at home and sleep and watch TV.

My favorite thing about Auburn is the people. That's one of the things that drew me here. All the schools that I was recruited by had great football, but the people at Auburn there was just something different. We really are family. You can go anywhere and get a "War Eagle". Everyone is just real nice to everyone.



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