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Auburn Football vs. Georgia Tech Preview

Aug. 31, 2005

#16/15 AUBURN (0-0) VS. GEORGIA TECH (0-0)
JORDAN-HARE STADIUM (87,451) * AUBURN, AL
SEPTEMBER 3, 2005 *
7:45 PM CT * TV: ESPN

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QUICK FACTS

COACHES:
Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, 1976)
Auburn Record 51-24 (7th year)
vs. Georgia Tech 0-1
Overall Record 76-44 (11th year)
vs. Georgia Tech 0-1

Chan Gailey (Florida, 1974)
Georgia Tech Record 21-17 (4th year)
Overall Record 45-28 (7th year)

SERIES:
AU leads, 47-40-4
at Auburn AU leads, 10-2
at Atlanta Series tied, 35-35-4
at Neutral Sites GT leads, 3-2
at Birmingham, AL GT leads, 3-2
Last Meeting GT 17, AU 3
Sept. 6, 2003 in Atlanta, GA

RANKINGS:
Auburn 16th AP/15th USA Today
Georiga Tech Not ranked

TELEVISION:
ESPN (Live)
Play-by-play Ron Franklin
Analyst Bob Davie
Sidelines Holly Rowe

RADIO:
The Auburn Network provides radio coverage to over 60-plus stations that cover the Southeast. Rod Bramblett (play-by-play), Stan White (color), Quentin Riggins (sideline), Paul Ellen (studio) and Andy Burcham (locker room) provide gameday analysis.

SATELITTE RADIO SIRIUS 127
LOCALLY WKKR-FM (97.7)

INTERNET:
Live audio & stats www.auburntigers.com

AUBURN (0-0)

Date Opponent Score/Time
Sept. 3 GEORGIA TECH [ESPN] 7:45 p.m.
Sept. 10 MISSISSIPPI STATE [JP] 11:30 a.m.
Sept. 17 BALL STATE 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 24 WESTERN KENTUCKY (HC) 1:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 SOUTH CAROLINA TBA
Oct. 15 at Arkansas TBA
Oct. 22 at LSU TBA
Oct. 29 OLE MISS TBA
Nov. 5 at Kentucky TBA
Nov. 12 at Georgia TBA
Nov. 19 ALABAMA TBA
All times central

GEORGIA TECH (0-0)

Date Opponent Score/Time
Sept. 3 at #16 Auburn 8:45 p.m.
Sept. 10 NORTH CAROLINA 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 CONNECTICUT 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 24 at Virginia Tech TBA
Oct. 6 NC STATE 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 at Duke TBA
Oct. 22 at Miami TBA
Oct. 29 CLEMSON TBA
Nov. 5 WAKE FOREST TBA
Nov. 12 at Virginia TBA
Nov. 26 GEORGIA TBA
All times eastern

THE GAME
Auburn begins its 113th year of football as it hosts Georgia Tech in the season opener for both teams. The teams have met 91 times with Auburn holding a 47-40-4 edge in the series, but have not played in a season opener since 1902.

AUBURN HEADLINES

  • Auburn has an 86-24-2 record in season-opening games. Auburn has won 15 of its last 19 season openers, including a 4-2 mark under head coach Tommy Tuberville.
  • Auburn's 86 season-opening victories is tied with Alabama and Arkansas for the best among the 12 Southeastern Conference schools.
  • From 1905 to 1987, Auburn and Georgia Tech played every year with the exception of 1943 when Auburn did not field a team because of World War II. The teams have met just once since 1987 (2003 at Georgia Tech).
  • Georgia Tech's last visit to Jordan-Hare Stadium came in 1986 -- a 31-10 Auburn victory.
  • John Heisman, the man for whom the Heisman Trophy is named, coached at both Auburn and Georgia Tech.
  • On November 7, 1896, the first intercollegiate football game was played in Auburn as the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, 45-0.
  • Entering its 66th year as home to the Auburn football team, Jordan-Hare Stadium is the nation's eighth-largest on-campus stadium with a capacity of 87,451 fans. The Tigers are 243-59-7 (.798) at Jordan-Hare Stadium, including a 29-5 (.853) mark in the last five years. Auburn has had two undefeated home seasons in the last five years (7-0 in 2000 and 2004).
  • Auburn enters today's game with a 15-game winning streak, which is tied for the third-longest streak in AU history and is the third longest active streak in the nation behind only USC (22) and Utah (16). The Auburn record for the longest winning streak is 20 games (Sept. 2, 1993 - Nov. 5, 1994).
  • Auburn is 1-1 all-time on September 3, defeating Ole Miss, 22-17, in Oxford in 1994, and falling to Virginia, 19-0, in 1998 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
  • Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 30-0 when scoring 30 or more points in a game. Auburn has won 43 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points in a game.
  • Auburn is 130-43-5 (.744) all-time in the month of September, including a 20-4 mark under Tommy Tuberville.
  • Tommy Tuberville enters his seventh season at Auburn in 2005 and his 11th as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference. Tuberville has the third-longest tenure in the SEC behind Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee and Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, who are each in their 13th season in the SEC.

    AUBURN IN OPENERS
    Auburn has an 86-24-2 record in season-opening games. Auburn has won 15 of its last 19 season openers, including a 4-2 mark under head coach Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers defeated Louisiana-Monroe, 31-0, in last year's opener at Jordan-Hare Stadium after having lost their previous two season openers, both to Southern California -- 24-17 in 2003 at USC and 23-0 in 2004 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    NON-CONFERENCE OPENERS
    Since 1977, Auburn is 19-4 in season openers against non-conference opponents. In 112 years of football at Auburn, the Tigers are 49-14 when opening the season versus non-conference foes.

    OPENING W's TIED FOR TOPS IN SEC
    Auburn's total of 86 season-opening victories is tied with Alabama and Arkansas for the best among the 12 Southeastern Conference Schools.

    Georgia is next with 84 wins in season openers followed by Ole Miss (81), Tennessee (80), LSU (78), Kentucky (77), Mississippi State (73), South Carolina (71), Florida (71), and Vanderbilt (63).

    RENEWING AN OLD RIVALRY
    The Auburn-Georgia Tech series is one of the oldest and most colorful series in college football history. Only one series is older in the Deep South -- Auburn and Georgia. Auburn and Georgia played the first college football game in the Deep South in February, 1892, with the Tigers and Georgia Tech first meeting in November, 1892.

    THE HEISMAN CONNECTION
    John Heisman, the man for whom the Heisman Trophy is named, coached at both Auburn and Georgia Tech. He coached at Auburn from 1895-99, compiling a record of 12-4-2 (.722). While coaching at Tech, Heisman's record was 102-29-7 (.764). At Auburn, Heisman had a 3-0 record against Tech. He went to Georgia Tech from Clemson in 1904 and became Georgia Tech's first full-time football coach, where he had a 5-10 record against Auburn.

    THE FIRST GAME ON THE PLAINS
    On November 7, 1896, the first intercollegiate football game was played in Auburn as the Tigers defeated Georgia Tech, 45-0. Georgia Tech received the opening kickoff but could not advance the ball and L.E. Byrum of Auburn blocked the Tech punt and recovered over the Tech goal line for Auburn's first touchdown. Auburn's next drive covered 50 yards and was led by runs by J.H. Glover, John Purifoy, L.E. Byrum, F.D. Harvey, and finally a 7-yard run by W.B. Stokes for the score. Walter Holcombe returned the next kickoff 30 yards and Auburn drove to its third touchdown with Edgar Graham scoring from the 10-yard line. Graham scored a second time around the end, after runs by Purifoy, Byrum, Glover and H.O. Sargent.

    Early in the second half, Graham scored his third touchdown after being set up by a 32-run by Purifoy. The next Auburn touchdown was scored on a brilliant run by Purifoy, and the final TD was tallied after a 90-yard drive, with Byrum hitting center for the score.

    WRECK TECH PAJAMA PARADE
    The 1896 Auburn-Georgia Tech game is of special note. That game gave birth to Auburn's "Wreck Tech Pajama Parade." Auburn students, it seems, greased the railroad tracks the night before the Tech team train was due in Auburn, and the next morning, when it tried to stop, the train slid all the way through Auburn and halfway to Loachapoka 10 miles away. The Tech team had to walk back to Auburn, and Auburn won the game, 45-0, much to the glee of Auburn students.

    Two years later, school officials threatened to dismiss any student caught trying to grease the tracks. Upperclassmen, meanwhile, threatened to roadtrip any underclassman who didn't grease the tracks.

    In a classic case of one-upmanship, the underclassmen slipped out of their rooms the night before the game and panic-stricken school administrators were relieved to see a big pep rally at the train station rather than another track greasing. Every Auburn student was at the train station that night.

    AUBURN-TECH NOTABLES

  • The series began on November 25, 1892, in Atlanta as part of a football tournament sponsored by the Atlanta Athletic Association. Other participants were Virginia and North Carolina.
  • Georgia Tech students cheered for Georgia in the first Auburn-Georgia game which was the first real football game played in the Deep South. By 1894 and the second Auburn-Georgia game, Tech students were cheering for Auburn because Georgia students threw rocks at them in the first Tech-Georgia game in 1893.

  • From 1905 to 1987, Auburn and Georgia Tech played every year with the exception of 1943 when Auburn did not field a team because of World War II.
  • Auburn and Georgia Tech played home and home in Auburn and Atlanta from 1896 through 1904. Beginning in 1906 and continuing through 1959, Auburn was forced to play in Atlanta every year because of what Tech called "inadequate facilities." In 1960, Auburn's home games were moved to Birmingham and in 1970 the series moved back to Auburn for the first time in 66 years.

    STRANGE, BUT TRUE
    Being from the neighboring states of Alabama and Georgia, it would be assumed that Auburn and Georgia Tech would each have several players from the other state. In Auburn's case, the Tigers have 21 players on their roster that hail from the state of Georgia. However, the Yellow Jackets have just five players from Alabama on their squad.

    GEORGIA TIGERS
    The 2005 Auburn roster contains 21 players who call Georgia home: RFr. DE Octavius Balkcom (Blakely), Jr. TE Cole Bennett (Dalton), Fr. LB Tray Blackmon (LaGrange), RFr. QB Calvin Booker (Atlanta), So. DT Neil Brown (Buford), RFr. OT Antwoin Daniels (Forsyth), RFr. RB Tristan Davis (East Point), Fr. WR Robert Dunn (Augusta), Fr. FB Steven Gowland (Lilburn), Sr. DB David Irons (Dacula), Jr. RB Kenny Irons (Dacula), RFr. RB Brad Lester (Lilburn), Sr. OG Marcus McNeill (Decatur), Jr. OG Jonathan Palmer (Decatur), RFr. LB Wade Pickett (Thomasville), Sr. OT Troy Reddick (Albany), Fr. DB Aairon Savage (Albany), RFr. WR Rodgeriqus Smith (Snellville), RFr. WR James Swinton (Tucker), So. NG Josh Thompson (Statesboro) and Sr. LB Antarrious Williams (Columbus).

    GAILEY'S TIES TO THE STATE OF ALABAMA
    Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey spent five years as a head coach in the state of Alabama. He led Troy State to the 1984 Division II national title in his second and final year with the Trojans. In 1993, he replaced Terry Bowden for a one year stint at Samford. Bowden, of course, left the Bulldogs to take over Auburn. Gailey was also the head coach of the Birmingham Fire of the World League from 1991-92.

    NIX RETURNS TO JORDAN-HARE
    Tech offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Patrick Nix is no stranger to Jordan-Hare Stadium. Nix played quarterback at Auburn from 1992-95, and ranks second in Auburn history in passing efficiency (133.02 rating) and fifth in yards (4,957), completions (386) and touchdowns (31).

    OTHER AUBURN-GEORGIA TECH COACHING TIES

  • Tech offensive line coach Joe D'Alessandris was the offensive line coach on the 1994 Texas A&M team that went 10-0-1 with current Auburn coaches Tommy Tuberville and Steve Ensminger as the defensive and offensive coordinators, respectively.
  • Auburn tight ends coach Steve Ensminger was the quarterback coach for Georgia from 1991-93 and at Clemson from 1997-98. In that time, he went 3-2 against the Yellow Jackets (3-0 with Georgia, 0-2 with Clemson).
  • Auburn offensive line coach Hugh Nall played at Georgia from 1977-80, posting a 3-1 record during his collegiate playing career against Georgia Tech, including three straight victories after a loss his freshman season.

    AUBURN SUPERLATIVES AGAINST GEORGIA TECH INDIVIDUAL
    Rushing Atts: 32, Bo Jackson (1985)
    Rushing Yds: 242, Bo Jackson (1985)
    Receptions: 8, Courtney Taylor (2003)
    Receiving Yds: 160, Freddy Weygand (1984) Passing Atts: 46, Jeff
    Burger (1987)
    Passing Comp: 30, Jeff Burger (1987)
    Passing Yds: 312, Pat Sullivan (1970)
    Passing TDs: 3, Patt Sullivan (1970, '71)

    TEAM
    Rushing Atts: 32 (1985)
    Rushing Yds: 242 (1985)
    Passing Atts: 46 (1987)
    Passing Comp: 30 (1987)
    Passing Yds: 312 (1970)
    Total Offense: 581 (1984)

    AGAINST THE ACC
    Auburn is 118-74-8 all-time against schools currently in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Besides the series with Georgia Tech, the Tigers have also had a long history vs. Clemson (32-11-2). Auburn has also played ACC members Boston College (1-2), Duke (3-3), Florida State (13-4-1), Maryland (2-1), Miami (7-4), North Carolina (2-4), North Carolina State (1-1), Virginia (1-1), Virginia Tech (3-1-1) and Wake Forest (6-2).

    The Tigers beat Virginia Tech in last season's Sugar Bowl, 16-13, snapping a three-game losing skid against ACC teams. In addition to the 17-3 loss at Georgia Tech in 2003, Auburn lost to North Carolina, 16-10, in the 2001 Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and dropped a 19-0 decision to Virginia in the 1998 season opener on the Plains.

    Tommy Tuberville is 1-2 during his head coaching career vs. the ACC, defeating Virginia Tech, with losses vs. Georgia Tech and North Carolina.

    IN THE POLLS
    For the third consecutive season, Auburn is ranked to begin the season. The Tigers are 15th in the preseason USA Today poll, and 16th in the Associated Press preseason poll.

    It is the first time under head coach Tommy Tuberville and first time since the 1996-98 seasons that Auburn has been ranked at the start of three consecutive seasons.

    STREAKING
    Auburn enters today's game with a 15-game winning streak, which is tied for the third-longest winning streak in AU history. The Tigers need two more wins to equal the second-longest streak of 17 games (Nov. 10-1956 - Oct. 11, 1958), which was snapped by a 7-7 tie at Georgia Tech Oct. 18, 1958. The Auburn record for longest winning streak is 20 games (Sept. 2, 1993 - Nov. 5, 1994).

    Auburn's 15-game unbeaten streak is fourth best in school history, and is six games short of the third longest streak (21 games - Sept. 2, 1993 - Nov. 12, 1994). The Tiger record for longest unbeaten streak is 24 games (Nov. 10, 1956 - Nov. 29, 1958).

    Auburn's 15-game winning streak is also the third-longest active streak in the nation, trailing only USC (22) and Utah (16). No other school has better than an eight-game winning streak.

    JORDAN-HARE STADIUM
    Entering its 66th year as home to the Auburn football team, Jordan-Hare Stadium is the nation's eighth-largest on-campus stadium, with a capacity of 87,451 fans. The Tigers are 243-59-7 (.798) at Jordan-Hare Stadium, including a 29-5 (.853) mark in the last five years. AU went 7-0 at home last season, marking the second perfect home season in the last five years (7-0 in 2000).

    Auburn is currently riding an eight-game home winning streak and has won 12 of its last 13 games at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    IT'S BEEN AWHILE
    Although Auburn and Georgia Tech have a long and storied history, the Yellow Jackets have not made an appearance at Jordan-Hare Stadium since Oct. 18,1986 (a 31-10 Auburn victory). To put that in perspective, seven members of the current Tiger squad were not born the last time Tech played at Auburn. Senior OT Marcus McNeill had not yet had his third birthday, while junior DE Stanely McClover was still two months shy of his second birthday.

    ON THIS DATE
    Auburn is 1-1 all-time on September 3, defeating Ole Miss, 22-17, in Oxford in 1994, and falling to Virginia, 19-0, in 1998 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

    The Tigers have not played a game on Sept. 3 during the Tommy Tuberville era.

    IN SEPTEMBER
    Auburn is 130-43-5 (.744) all-time in the month of September, including a 20-4 mark under Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers have won their last six games played in September, dating back to a 17-3 loss at Georgia Tech Sept. 6, 2003.

    OPENING DAY SUPERLATIVES
    Auburn has had numerous outstanding individual and team performances in season-opening games. Bo Jackson's 290 rushing yards versus SW Louisiana in 1985 and Alexander Wright's 263 receiving yards in 1989 against Pacific are the best season-opening performances by an SEC player.

    The Tigers' 565 rushing yards and 695 yards of total offense against SW Louisiana in the 1985 opener are school single-season records.

    Listed are Auburn's individual and team season-opening best performances.

    INDIVIDUAL
    Rushing 290 yds, Bo Jackson
    vs. SW Louisiana (9/7/85)
    [SEC Opening-game record]
    Passing 372 yds, Patrick Nix (28-of-39, 1 TD)
    vs. Ole Miss (9/2/95)
    Receiving 263 yds, Alexander Wright
    vs. Pacific (9/9/89) [SEC Opening-game record]
    Total Offense 369 yds, Patrick Nix
    vs. Ole Miss (9/2/95)
    Rush Play 84 yds., Lionel James
    vs. Southern Miss (9/10/83)
    Pass Play 78 yds., Reggie Slack
    to Alexander Wright vs. Pacific (9/9/89)

    TEAM
    Points 61, vs. Birmingham Southern (9/23/32)
    Margin of Victory 61, vs. B'ham Southern (61-0)
    (9/23/32)
    Passing 373 yds, vs. Ole Miss (9/2/95)
    Rushing 565 yds, vs. SW Louisiana (58 att.) (9/7/85)
    [SchoolRecord]
    Total Offense 695 yds, vs. SW Louisiana
    (565 rush, 130 pass, 76 plays) (9/7/85)
    [School Record]

    TUBERVILLE IN SEVENTH SEASON
    Tommy Tuberville enters his seventh season at Auburn in 2004 and his 11th as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference. Tuberville has the third-longest tenure in the SEC (second-longest active streak) behind Phillip Fulmer of Tennessee and Steve Spurrier of South Carolina, who will each coach his 13th season in the league this year.

    Tuberville has amassed a record of 51-24 in six seasons at Auburn and an overall mark of 76-44. He has led the Tigers to five straight bowl appearances including three straight victories: over Virginia Tech in the 2005 NOKIA Sugar Bowl, Wisconsin in the 2003 Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl presented by Bridgestone and Penn State in the 2002 Capital One Bowl.

    Tuberville is fifth all-time at Auburn in wins, and is the fifth-longest tenured coach in school history.

    11 AND COUNTING
    In his 11th year as a head coach, Tommy Tuberville has five assistant coaches who have been with him all 11 years. That group includes: defensive tackles/ noseguard coach Don Dunn, running backs/special teams coach Eddie Gran, wide receivers coach Greg Knox, offensive line coach Hugh Nall and defensive ends coach Terry Price.

    BIG CLASS
    Head Coach Tommy Tuberville has a senior class that includes 15 players at Auburn in 2005. The Tigers' group of 15 seniors is tied for the second most during the Tuberville era, trailing last year's group that had 18. During Tuberville's tenure, Auburn's other senior classes have consisted of: 13 in 2003, 15 in 2002, 10 in 2001, 14 in 2000 and 14 in 1999.

    The 2005 seniors include: WR Devin Aromashodu, DS Chas Crofoot, DT Wayne Dickens, DB Kevin Hobbs, DB David Irons, NG T.J. Jackson, OT Marcus McNeill, WR Anthony Mix, WR Ben Obomanu, OT Troy Reddick, C Steven Ross, FB Jake Slaughter, TE Cooper Wallace, LB Antarrious Williams and LB Travis Williams.

    AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS
    The Tigers return 52 lettermen from last season, including 25 on offense, 22 on defense and four specialists. Auburn returns six starters on offense and six more on defense.

    Auburn's roster of 101 players includes 15 seniors, 21 juniors, 19 sophomores, 21 redshirt freshmen and 25 freshmen. The underclassmen (65) represent 64.4 percent of the Tigers' roster.

    A number of walk-ons joined the program after the first day of classes on August 17.

    THREE AND OUT
    Three Auburn football players achieved a rare academic feat, graduating from college in only three years. WR Ben Obomanu (Finance) received his diploma in May, while WR Lee Guess (Business Marketing) and NG T.J. Jackson (Public Business Administration) both graduated from Auburn in August after just three years on campus.

    TIGER GRADS
    Auburn begins the season with nine graduates on the roster, which is tied for second most among all Division 1-A football teams and is tops among SEC schools.

    In addition to Guess, Jackson and Obomanu, the Tiger graduates include: DS Chas Crofoot (Entrepreneurial Family Business), C Steven Ross (Marketing), FB Jake Slaughter (Communications), TE Coopoer Wallace (Business Administration), LB Antarrious Williams (Criminology) and LB Travis Williams (Criminology).

    Listed are the top 10 programs of players who have completed their bachelor's degrees. The list does not include December 2005 graduates.

    1. Miami (Fla.) 11
    2. Auburn 9
    Boston College 9
    4. Louisiana Tech 9
    Virginia Tech 8
    6. Alabama 7
    Arizona State 7
    Kentucky 7
    Notre Dame 7
    10. Arkansas 6
    Michigan State 6

    IRON MEN
    Of Auburn's 15 seniors, 12 have seen time in more than 30 games during their careers. Devin Aromashodu, Wayne Dickens, Ben Obomanu and Cooper Wallace lead the list, playing in all 39 of the Tigers' games during the last three seasons. They are followed by T.J. Jackson (38), Travis Williams (38), Anthony Mix (37), Steven Ross (35), Marcus McNeill (34), Jake Slaughter (34), Troy Reddick (33) and Antarrious Williams (32).

    STARTS STREAK
    Ten Tigers enter the season opener with starting streaks of 10 or more games, including three with 20+ consecutive starts.

    Leading the way is OT Troy Reddick who has started 26 consecutive games, while FS Will Herring (24) and LB Travis Williams (22) also have started more than 20 straight contests. TE Cooper Wallace is next with 19 straight starts, followed by OT Marcus McNeill (17), WR Devin Aromashodu (13), NG T.J. Jackson (13), OG Ben Grubbs (13), WR Courtney Taylor (13) and DB Montavis Pitts (12).

    POSITION CHANGES
    Several players enter the 2005 season at a different position than where they played last year. On offense, Leon Hart, who played in 12 games last year, switched from an offensive tackle position to center.

    On defense, Eric Brock, who played in all 13 games last season as a free safety, has moved to the starting strong safety spot.

    Conversely, Pete Ruzicka has flipped from strong to free safety, while Tez Doolittle moved inside from defensive end to nose guard.

    GONE ON D
    Defensively in 2005, Auburn must replace five starters from last year's squad that led the nation in scoring defense (11.3), including three of the four starters on the defensive line and a pair of defensive backs. Bret Eddins, Doug Langenfeld, Jay Ratliff, Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen combined to total 174 tackles, 6.5 sacks and eight interceptions in 2004.

    Rosegreen was third on the team with 57 tackles, while Rogers (47) ranked fifth and Ratliff (eighth). Rosegreen also had a team-high six interceptions, while Langenfeld tied for third on the squad with three sacks.

    In addition to leading the nation in scoring defense, the 2004 Auburn defense finished fifth nationally in total defense, allowing 277.6 yards per game.

    OFFENSE BY THE NUMBERS
    Auburn may have lost five offensive starters including its starting backfield from 2004, but six starters still remain, and most of the receiving corp is back. Listed is the Tigers' offensive production that returns from 2004.

    Category Returning 2004 Percent
    Passing Yards 357 3,086 12%
    Rushing Yards 276 2,383 12%
    Receptions 145 211 69%
    Receiving Yards 2,448 3,086 79%
    Scoring 245 417 59%
    Touchdowns 26 54 48%
    Total Offense 633 5,469 12%
    All-Purpose Yards 3,017 6,348 48%

    LUCKY 13
    Auburn finished with a perfect 13-0 record in 2004, establishing a new school record for victories in a season. It marked the sixth undefeated and untied season in Auburn history, and the first since the 1993 squad set the previous school record for wins in a season with an 11-0 mark.

    FOUR IN THE FIRST
    In April, Auburn became the first school in SEC history and the 11th in the history of the common NFL draft to have four players selected in the first round. Running backs Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams were taken by the Miami Dolphins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the second and fifth picks, respectively. Cornerback Carlos Rogers and quarterback Jason Campbell were both selected by the Washington Redskins, going ninth and 25th overall, respectively. It marked the first time ever that two running backs from the same school were chosen in the top five, and it was the first backfield to be chosen in the first round of the same draft.

    NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK
    With the departure of Jason Campbell, Ronnie Brown and Carnell Williams to the NFL, Auburn will showcase a backfield this season that is long on talent but short on experience. Sophomore Brandon Cox is the heir apparent to Campbell under center, and although the lefty had a quarterback rating of 179.96 last season, he has attempted just 34 career passes.

    Meanwhile, a trio of running backs are looking to join the mix in the backfield. Junior Tre Smith has the most experience, with 631 career yards on 118 attempts (5.3 ypc) and nine touchdowns, but Smith missed the last 10 games last season after suffering a shoulder injury. Sophomore Carl Stewart gained 184 yards on 39 attempts in his rookie season last year, while junior Kenny Irons rushed for 252 yars on 66 carries in two seasons at South Carolina before transferring to Auburn after the 2003 season.

    Senior Jake Slaughter returns as the starting fullback, but he has just eight career rushes as the Tigers often use a two-back set that does not include a fullback.

    SLINGIN' SOUTHPAW
    Brandon Cox will join an elite club when he makes his debut as Auburn's starting quarterback. Cox will become just the fourth known starting left-handed quarterback in Auburn history, joining Lloyd Nix (1956-58), Charles Thomas (1978-81) and Ken Hobby (1981).

    TIGER PROS
    Auburn has demonstrated a proficiency for placing players in the National Football League. As of Aug. 26, 37 former Auburn Tigers were listed on NFL rosters. The Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins have the most former Tigers, as each squad has four former Auburn players on the roster.

    BACK FOR MORE
    Despite Auburn's track record for placing players in the NFL, Tiger stars seem to be in no hurry to leave the Auburn campus. Over the past three seasons, six different Tigers had been projected as high draft picks had they declared for the draft after their junior years, but all six returned for their senior seasons. Two years ago, Karlos Dansby and Antarrious Thomas spurned the NFL to remain at Auburn, while prior to last season, Ronnie Brown, Carlos Rogers and Carnell Williams all passed up chances at NFL stardom to return for their final seasons at Auburn. This past year, offensive tackle Marcus McNeill turned down a chance to be a first-round draft pick and instead elected to return for his senior year.

    WHEN SCORING 20+ POINTS
    Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 44-4 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a 42-3 mark in the regular season. Dating back to 1995, Auburn is 65-11 when scoring 20 or more points in a game.

    30+ POINTS EQUALS VICTORY
    Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 31-0 when scoring 30 or more points in a game. Auburn has won 36 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points in a game.

    The last time the Tigers lost when registering at least 30 points was a 56-49, four overtime loss to Georgia in 1996.

    In the last 22 years, Auburn is 105-2 when scoring 30 points.

    TIGERS ON CSS
    Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will broadcast encore presentations of Auburn football every Sunday at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT with Andy Burcham handling play-by-play duties and Cole Cubelic doing color commentary. CSS will also air the Auburn Football Preview every Friday at 4 p.m. CT.

    CSS is a 24-hour regional sports network serving approximately 4.5 million households across 11 Southeastern states.

    DID YOU KNOW?
    If Devin Aromashodu could visit anywhere in the world, he would choose the North Pole ... Cole Bennett started his freshman year at Auburn already having accumulated 27 credit hours *Kody Bliss is one of five boys in his family, all of whom have names that start with "K" *Neil Brown's favorite television channel is the Cartoon Network ... Joe Cope ran his own grass-cutting business in high school ... Wayne Dickens once worked as a Christmas tree farmer ... Will Herring is a self-professed "Chess Geek" *T.J. Jackson is listed at 6-foot-1, 305 pounds and can do a back flip *Stanley McClover has 14 tattoos *Marcus McNeill owns a pitbull named Bankhead, and collects throwback jerseys *Ben Obomanu wears a size 14 shoe *Steven Ross and Cooper Wallace have gone to school together since they were five years old ... Jake Slaughter claims to be a great Elvis impersonator ... Carl Stewart plays the violin ... John Vaughn has broken his left wrist three times and his right wrist once, broken his left ankle twice, knocked teeth out and had to have stitches six times.

     

     

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