Auburn Vs. New Mexico State Preview
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AUBURN (1-2) VS. NEW MEXICO STATE (2-1)
JORDAN-HARE STADIUM (87,451) • AUBURN, AL
SEPTEMBER 22, 2007 • 6 PM CT • TV: NONE

GAME 4 QUICK FACTS

COACHES:
Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, 1976)
Auburn Record 72-31 (9th year)
vs. New Mexico State First meeting
Career Record 97-51 (13th year)
vs. New Mexico State First meeting

Hal Mumme (Tarleton State, 1975)
NMSU Record 6-21 (3rd year)
vs. Auburn First meeting
Career Record 103-85-1
vs. Auburn First meeting

SERIES:
AU leads, 1-0
at Auburn AU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting AU 55, NMSU 14
Nov. 6, 1993 in Auburn

RANKINGS:
Auburn Not ranked
New Mexico State Not ranked

TELEVISION:
Pay-per-view (Live)
Play-by-play Andy Burcham
Analyst Cole Cubelic
Fans can contact their local cable provider for ordering information. Direct TV and Dish Network customers in Alabama may order through their satellite provider. Large C-band dish owners in Alabama may call 1-800-TV-STARS to order the game.

RADIO:
The Auburn Network provides radio coverage to over 50 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 123
LOCALLY WKKR-FM (97.7)

INTERNET:
Live audio & stats www.auburntigers.com

 

 

THE GAME
Auburn plays its fourth consecutive home game Saturday when the Tigers host New Mexico State at 6 p.m. The Tigers are looking to snap a two-game losing skid after suffering close losses to South Florida and Mississippi State. The Aggies are 2-1 after rallying for a 29-24 victory over UTEP last Saturday. The game, which will be just the second ever between the two schools, will be televised on a pay-per-view basis.

AUBURN HEADLINES
* Auburn won the only previous meeting with New Mexico State, 55-14, in 1993.
* Auburn owns a 12-2 mark in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium since the 2000 season.
* All 60 points scored by Auburn this season have been scored by freshmen and sophomores, including 24 by true freshman Wes Byrum.
* Auburn has played 20 true and redshirt freshmen this season.
* Auburn's opponents have started nine drives this season inside Auburn territory, and five of those nine times the Auburn defense held the opposition without a score.
* Auburn has dominated the second quarter this season, outscoring the opposition 34-3.
* Junior linebacker Chris Evans has led Auburn in tackles in each of the last two games, while making the first two starts of his career.
* Auburn has played three consecutive games that were decided in the final two minutes for the first time since 2001.
* The team leading at the end of three quarters has lost all three Auburn games this season. Last year, the team leading after three quarters won every game.
* DE Quentin Groves needs just one more sack to equal the Auburn career record of 26 held by Gerald Robinson (1982-85).
* Auburn has scored in 53 consecutive games, and needs one more game with a score to tie the third-longest streak in school history.
* Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 63-5 when scoring 20 or more points in a game.
* Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 41-0 when scoring 30 or more points in a game. Auburn has won 46 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points in a game.
* Auburn is 139-46-5 (.746) all-time in the month of September, including a 29-7 mark under Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers have won nine of their last 11 games in the month of September.
* Tommy Tuberville needs just three more victories to become the fifth active coach in the SEC with 100 career coaching victories.

NEW MEXICO STATE QUICK HITTERS
New Mexico State improved to 2-1 with a 29-24 victory against UTEP last Saturday ... New Mexico State head coach Hal Mumme was the head coach at Kentucky from 1997-2000, but never coached against Auburn ... The Aggies rank fifth in the nation in passing offense (398.7) and 11th in the country in total offense (523.3) ... Junior quarterback Chase Holbrook ranks fourth in the NCAA in total offense (390.0) ... Holbrook has 12 career 300-plus passing games and ranks second in the Aggie record books with 45 touchdown passes ... Junior wideout Chris Williams had 221 yards receiving against UTEP last Saturday and has scored seven touchdowns in the first three games ... Williams is tied for fifth in the nation in scoring and is sixth in receiving yards per game (129.3) ... The Aggies have three receivers with at least 21 catches ... Senior linebacker Dante Floyd leads the Aggies with 32 tackles and had 12 tackles and an interception against UTEP.

THE LAST MEETING
Auburn and New Mexico State have met just once previously, with the Tigers earning a 55-14 victory in 1993 in the ninth game of Auburn's 11-0 season. Following a lackluster first quarter that saw the Aggies take a 7-3 lead, Auburn exploded for 35 points in the second quarter to put the game away. The Tigers gained 290 yards passing and 289 yards rushing en route to a 579-194 edge in total offense. Auburn quarterback Stan White completed 23-of-30 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns, connecting on scoring throws to Frank Sanders, James Bostic and Thomas Bailey. Bostic also rushed for a game-high 104 yards, while Tony Richardson had a pair of touchdown runs for the Tigers.

AUBURN-NMSU COACHING TIES
* New Mexico State defensive coordinator Woody Widenhofer was the head coach at Vanderbilt from 1997-2001. He coached against Auburn twice, falling 33-0 in Auburn in 2000 and 24-21 in Nashville in 2001.
* New Mexico State defensive backs coach Carlton Buckels was the defensive backs coach at LSU from 1999-2001. His final season at LSU was the first at LSU for Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp.

ON THIS DATE
Auburn owns an all-time record of 4-2 on Sept. 22, but lost in its most recent appearance on this date in 2001, when the Tigers fell at Syracuse, 31-14. Prior to that season, Auburn earned wins on Sept. 22 in 1984 (35-12) and 1979 (31-9) against Southern Miss and in 1973 against UT-Chattanooga, 31-0. Auburn lost to Wofford, 19-14, in 1950, and won 20-7 over Birmingham Southern in 1933.

IN SEPTEMBER
Auburn is 139-46-5 (.745) all-time in the month of September, including a 29-7 mark under Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers have won 15 of their last 18 games played in September, and had won nine straight prior to falling in overtime to South Florida on Sept. 8.

JORDAN-HARE STADIUM
Now in its 68th year as home to the Auburn football team, Jordan-Hare Stadium is the nation's ninth-largest on-campus stadium, with a capacity of 87,451 fans. The Tigers are 256-64-7 (.794) at Jordan-Hare Stadium, including a 42-10 (.808) mark over the past eight years. AU went 7-0 at home in both 2000 and 2004, and posted a 6-1 mark in 2005.

UNDER THE LIGHTS AT JORDAN-HARE
Despite a 26-23 overtime loss to South Florida Sept. 8, Auburn has been tough to beat in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium in recent seasons, accumulating a record of 12-2 since the 2000 season in home games starting at 6 p.m. or later. That stretch includes a 4-0 record against ranked opponents, with wins over No. 1 Florida in 2001, No. 2 Florida in 2006, No. 7 Tennessee in 2003 and No. 14 Georgia in 2000. The Tigers had a four-game winning streak in home night games prior to the loss to South Florida.

TUBERVILLE IN NINTH SEASON
Tommy Tuberville is in his ninth season at Auburn in 2007 and his 13th 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 are both coaching in their 15th seasons in the league this year.

Tuberville has amassed a record of 72-31 during his tenure at Auburn and has led the Tigers to seven straight bowl appearances.

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

CENTURY MARK APPROACHES
Tommy Tuberville needs just three more wins to amass 100 victories during his career as a head coach. Tuberville currently owns a career record of 97-51 in 13 seasons as a head coach. He would become the fifth active SEC coach to have 100 career victories, joining Steve Spurrier, Phillip Fulmer, Rich Brooks and Houston Nutt, and just the third to earn 100 victories while coaching at an SEC school (Spurrier and Fulmer).

YOUTH IS SERVED
Auburn has a lot of young talent on the squad this season, and to illustrate this point, one need look no further than the scoring column on the statistics sheet. All 60 of Auburn's points this season have been scored by freshmen and sophomores. True freshman Wes Byrum leads the team with 24 points, while sophomore tight end Gabe McKenzie has two touchdowns for 12 points. Auburn's other four touchdowns have been scored by true freshman Kodi Burns, redshirt freshman Mario Fannin and sophomores Ben Tate and Antonio Coleman.

FRESH MEAT
Auburn has already had 20 freshmen (12 true, eight redshirt) play this season, including a season-high 17 who played in the game against South Florida. The starting lineup features redshirt freshmen offensive guard Mike Berry, linebacker Craig Stevens and safety Zac Etheridge and true freshman offensive tackle Lee Ziemba, as well as true freshman kicker Wes Byrum and true freshman punters Ryan Shoemaker and Patrick Tatum.

In addition, redshirt freshman running back Mario Fannin and true freshman quarterback Kodi Burns are second and third, respectively, on the team in rushing, while true freshman safety Mike McNeil is eighth on the team with 12 tackles.

CARDIAC KIDS
Auburn games have not been lacking for excitement this season, as all three games have been decided in the final two minutes. Against Mississippi State, Auburn had a potential game-winning drive stall at the Bulldog 9-yardline with just 48 seconds left. The Tigers' other loss ended in overtime. And in Auburn's victory over Kansas State, the Tigers were clinging to a three-point lead before a fumble return for a touchdown with just 1:11 left sealed the victory.

The last time Auburn played three straight games that were decided in the final two minutes was in 2001. The streak started with a 24-21 victory over Vanderbilt when the Commodores' last-minute drive stalled on the Auburn 28. The next week, a Damon Duval 47-yard field goal with 18 seconds left gave Auburn a 16-14 win over Mississippi State. Duval again provided the heroics one week later, booting a 44-yard field goal with just 10 seconds left as Auburn upset No. 1 Florida, 23-20.

SECOND QUARTER SUPERB
Auburn has dominated during the second quarter this season, outscoring its opposition 34-3. The Tigers have outgained their opponents 276-84 in the second period and own an advantage in time of possession of 25:37-19:23. Auburn has not allowed any of its three opponents to gain more than 32 yards during the second quarter.

DEFENSE PROVES TOUGHNESS
Turnovers have plagued Auburn this season, and one of the results has been that the Tigers' opponents have started nine drives this season from Auburn territory. However, five of those nine times, the defense held the opposition without scoring a point.

Auburn opponents have started more drives in Auburn territory (nine) than inside their own 20-yardline (eight) this season.

OVERCOMING INJURIES
The Auburn defense has performed admirably, despite a rash of injuries. The Tigers have had four defensive starters (Tray Blackmon, Merrill Johnson, Aairon Savage and Jonathan Wilhite) miss games due to injury already this season, and yet still rank in the top 30 in the nation in total defense (20th, 282.7), pass efficiency defense (22nd, 98.84), tackles for loss (25th, 7.7) and pass defense (30th, 171.3).

SOMETHING NEW
True freshman quarterback Kodi Burns saw his first game action when he entered the Mississippi State game midway through the first period. Burns ended the game with 87 yards rushing and his first career touchdown. Had it not been for an 11-yard sack, Burns would have been just two yards short of becoming the first Auburn quarterback to rush for 100 yards in a game since Phil Gargis had 129 yards against Florida State on Oct. 23, 1976.

SIMS STUFFS THE RUN
Junior defensive tackle had five tackles last Saturday against Mississippi State, including a career-best four tackles for losses. Sims now leads the team and ranks second in the SEC with 5.5 tackles for losses this season, and also has a sack, two pass break-ups and eight quarterback hurries.

FILLING IN ADMIRABLY
Junior linebacker Chris Evans earned his first career start against South Florida, filling in for an injured Tray Blackmon. The result was the highest tackles total by an Auburn player in almost five years. Evans tallied 14 tackles (five solo, nine assists), which was the most by an Auburn player since Karlos Dansby had 14 tackles at Florida on Oct. 19, 2002. He posted a team-high eight tackles in the following game against Mississippi State, becoming the first Auburn player since Dansby in 2002 to have at least 22 tackles in two games.

GROVES IN A GROOVE
Senior defensive end Quentin Groves was named to preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award, the Bednarik Award, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Hendricks Award, and his play through the first three games has shown why. Groves is tied for third on the team with 16 tackles in the first three games, including a career-best nine against South Florida, and is tied for third the SEC in tackles for loss (1.67) and tied for fourth with two sacks. Groves also has a forced fumble and 14 quarterback hurries through three games played.

FRESHMAN KICKERS SHINE
Auburn was forced to replace perhaps the nation's top kicking trio after all three kickers from last season graduated. The Tigers lost Lou Groza finalist John Vaughn, the team's all-time leading scorer with 312 career points; Kody Bliss, who ranked third in the nation in punting with a 45.7-yard average; and Matt Clark, who led the nation last season with 51 touchbacks on 66 kickoffs (77 percent). But the newcomers have excelled in the first three games.

True freshman Wes Byrum is tied for eighth in the NCAA with six made field goals, connecting three times in each of the first two games, including a season-long 49-yard field goal against South Florida.

Redshirt freshman Ryan Shoemaker was leading the SEC averaging 45.1 yards per punt before being injured against South Florida. His replacement, true freshman Patrick Tatum, has averaged 40.0 yards per punt with three of his seven punts downed inside the 20-yardline.

REVERSAL OF FORTUNE
Last season, in all 13 of Auburn's games, the team leading at the end of the third quarter won the game, as the Tigers were 11-0 when leading after three periods and 0-2 when trailing at that point. But in the first three games this season, the team leading after three quarters has lost. Auburn trailed Kansas State 13-9 after three quarters in the season opener before rallying to win 23-13. On Sept. 8 vs. South Florida, Auburn led 17-14 after three periods but fell in overtime, 26-23. Last Saturday against Mississippi State, Auburn held a 14-13 lead after three quarters before dropping a 19-14 decision.

Auburn has not had many chances to rally for wins when trailing after three quarters, as the Tigers have trailed after three periods in just six of their last 38 games.

GROVES NEARING SACKS RECORD
Quentin Groves had two sacks in the season-opening victory against Kansas State, pushing his career sacks total to 25. His second sack with just over a minute left and Auburn clinging to a 16-13 lead forced a fumble that was returned 34 yards for a touchdown by Antonio Coleman, sealing the victory. Groves needs just one more sack to tie the Auburn all-time record of 26 sacks held by Gerald Robinson (1982-85).

COX LEADS ALL SEC QBs IN WINS
Brandon Cox earned his 20th career victory as a starting quarterback during Auburn's 23-13 victory over Kansas State in the season opener. Cox, who is now 20-7 as a starter, leads all SEC quarterbacks in career victories. Tennessee's Erik Ainge is second with 18, followed by Kentucky's Andre Woodson (14).

SENIOR SIGNAL CALLER = SUCCESS
With senior Brandon Cox returning for his third season as Auburn's starting quarterback this fall, history would suggest that the Tigers are primed for a successful season. The last 10 seasons that Auburn has had a senior returning as the starter at quarterback, the Tigers have won at least eight games every year, averaging 9.7 wins per season during those campaigns. Auburn's combined record during those 10 seasons is 97-22-2, and the Tigers won SEC Championships in 1983, 1987, 1989 and 2004 and SEC Western Division Championships in 1997 and 2000.

Incidentally, Auburn went 10-0 against Georgia during those 10 seasons, and 8-2 against Alabama with seven straight wins.

Below are the last 10 seasons that Auburn has had a senior returning as the starter at quarterback:

Year  Quarterback      Record  Notes
1979  Charlie Trotman  8-3
1983  Randy Campbell   11-1    SEC Champs
1985  Pat Washington   8-4     Cotton Bowl
1987  Jeff Burger      9-1-2   SEC Champs
1989  Reggie Slack     10-2    SEC Champs
1993  Stan White       11-0    1st 11-win season
1995  Patrick Nix      8-4     Outback Bowl
1997  Dameyune Craig   10-3    SEC West Champs
2000  Ben Leard        9-4     SEC West Champs
2004  Jason Campbell   13-0    SEC Champs

ELDER STATESMAN
Senior quarterback Brandon Cox is not only the oldest player on the Auburn team, he's older than 18 quarterbacks currently on NFL rosters. Cox, who will turn 24 on Oct. 31, is nearly two full years older than the No. 1 pick in last year's NFL draft, JaMarcus Russell, who was born Aug. 9, 1985.

FIRST-TIMERS
Eight players made their first career starts in the season opener against Kansas State, and 10 players played in their first collegiate games. Starting for the first time were OG Mike Berry, SS Zac Etheridge, OG Tyronne Green, CB Jerraud Powers, WR Prechae Rodriguez, DT Pat Sims, RB Ben Tate and OT Lee Ziemba. Berry, Etheridge and Ziemba played in their first collegiate games, as did K Wes Byrum, DE Antoine Carter, LB Bo Harris, WR Tim Hawthorne, K Morgan Hull, FS Mike McNeil, and P Ryan Shoemaker.

AIR ASSAULT
Kansas State attempted 58 passes in the season opener, completing 33. Those numbers are the most for an Auburn opponent since Louisiana Tech's Luke McCown completed 47-of-65 passes for four touchdowns with two interceptions during a 38-28 Auburn victory Oct. 21, 2000. Auburn threw only 18 passes in that game, but Rudi Johnson rushed 33 times for 249 yards and four scores.

OL THIN ON EXPERIENCE
One concern entering the 2007 season for Auburn is a lack of experience on the offensive line. The Tigers lost four senior starters from last year's team, including first-round NFL draft pick Ben Grubbs. Senior tackle King Dunlap is the only returning starter, and his 14 career starts entering the season accounted for 70 percent of the just 20 career starts made by Auburn's entire offensive line unit prior to 2007. Junior Jason Bosley started four games at center last season, while Leon Hart had made the other two starts. By comparison, Auburn's starting offensive line during the 2007 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic vs. Nebraska had combined for 110 career starts (Grubbs - 38; Tim Duckworth - 22; Joe Cope - 20; Jonathan Palmer - 16; Dunlap - 14).

17 OR LESS
Since Will Muschamp took over as defensive coordinator prior to the 2006 season, Auburn has held 12 of its 16 opponents to 17 points or less. The Tigers, who have allowed just 14.9 points per game since Muschamp's arrival, are 12-0 in those games when holding their opponents to no more than 17 points.

GONE ON D
Defensively in 2006, Auburn must replace four starters from last year's squad that ranked seventh in the nation in scoring defense (13.9), including the two leading tacklers on last year's team. Linebackers Will Herring and Karibi Dede, defensive end Marquis Gunn and cornerback David Irons combined for 208 tackles including 23 for losses and 6.5 sacks, five interceptions and 15 pass break-ups.

Herring led the squad with 72 tackles, while Dede was second with 59. Irons had a team-best 12 pass break-ups and tied with Herring and Eric Brock with a team-high two interceptions. Gunn ranked second on the team with four sacks and was third with 8.5 tackles for losses.

AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS
The Tigers return 49 lettermen from last season, including 21 on offense, 26 on defense and two specialists. Auburn returns five starters on offense and seven on defense.

Auburn's roster of 119 players includes 17 seniors, 23 juniors, 23 sophomores, 22 redshirt freshmen and 34 freshmen. The underclassmen (79) represent 66.4 percent of the Tigers' roster.

A number of walk-ons joined the program after the first day of classes on August 16.

13 AND COUNTING
In his 13th year as a head coach, Tommy Tuberville has five assistant coaches who have been with him all 13 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.

THE SENIOR CLASS
Head Coach Tommy Tuberville has a senior class that includes 17 players this season. The Tigers' group of 17 seniors is the third most during the Tuberville era, falling behind the group of 21 from last season and the 2004 group that had 18. During Tuberville's tenure, Auburn's other senior classes have consisted of: 15 in 2005, 13 in 2003, 15 in 2002, 10 in 2001, 14 in 2000 and 14 in 1999.

The 2007 seniors include: TE Cole Bennett, SS Eric Brock, QB Brandon Cox, OT King Dunlap, DT Tez Doolittle, DB Zach Gilbert, DE Quentin Groves, DE Brandon Haley, OL Leon Hart, DB Josh Hebert, CB Patrick Lee, H Matthew Motley, RB Danny Perry, WR Prechae Rodriguez, RB Carl Stewart, DT Josh Thompson and CB Jonathan Wilhite.

IRON MEN
Of Auburn's 17 seniors, 10 have seen time in more than 30 games during their careers, including four with more than 40 games played. Quentin Groves leads the group with 43 career games played, and is the only member of the team to have played in every game over the past four seasons. Groves is followed closely by Cole Bennett and Eric Brock with 42 games each, while King Dunlap has seen action in 41 games. Josh Thompson and Patrick Lee are next with 39 games played, followed by Leon Hart (38), Zach Gilbert (38), Carl Stewart (37) and Brandon Cox (34).

STARTS STREAK
Brandon Cox is the lone member of the team to have a starts streak that dates back to the 2005 season. Cox has started 24 consecutive games at quarterback, missing only the fourth game (Western Kentucky) from 2005 over the past three seasons.

Five other players on this year's team started all 13 games last year and the first three games this season. Seniors King Dunlap, Quentin Groves and Josh Thompson, junior Rodgeriqus Smith and sophomore Sen'Derrick Marks all have started the last 16 games.

FRESH FACES
Freshmen will play a key role in determining Auburn's level of success this year, as 21 redshirt and true freshmen are listed on the depth chart, including six starters.

The depth chart lists 12 redshirt freshmen, including OG Mike Berry, DT Mike Blanc, DS Rick Cherry, DT Zach Clayton, SS Zac Etheridge, TB Mario Fannin, DE Michael Goggans, WR Tim Hawthorne, OG Byron Isom, P Ryan Shoemaker, LB Craig Stevens and WR Terrell Zachery.

Nine true freshman are listed on the depth chart, including K Wes Byrum, LB Bo Harris, S Mike McNeil, C Ryan Pugh, OG Chaz Ramsey, WR Chris Slaughter, K Graham Sutter, P Patrick Tatum and OT Lee Ziemba.

POSITION CHANGES
A number of players have changed positions from last year entering the 2007 season.

Sen'Derrick Marks, who started all 13 games at defensive tackle last season, has moved outside to a defensive end position.

Tristan Davis, who saw time at running back in 2005 before moving to safety last year, is once again a running back for the Tigers. Bart Eddins has moved from the defensive line back to the offensive line, while Michael Goggans has moved from tight end to defensive end.

NO SHUTOUTS ALLOWED
Auburn has scored in 53 consecutive games, which is the fourth-longest streak in school history. The Tigers have not been shut out since a 23-0 loss to USC to open the 2003 season. The third-longest streak without being shut out is 54 games and the second-longest is 58, but it would be quite a while before Auburn could challenge the school record. The Tigers scored in 149 straight games from Oct. 4, 1980 through Nov. 14, 1992.

EXTRA POINTS
John Vaughn, who finished his kicking career last season as Auburn's all-time leading scorer with 312 points, made his final 107 consecutive PATs dating back to the 2004 season, and was 162-of-163 for his career. Wes Byrum has made his first six extra point attempts, pushing Auburn's streak of consecutive PATs to 113. Prior to Vaughn's only miss, Auburn had made an SEC record 209 consecutive PATs from 1999-2004. Auburn has made 322 of its last 323 PATs.

50-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
The 2007 season marks the 50-year anniversary of Auburn's 1957 National Championship team. The '57 Tigers finished with a perfect 10-0 record, including a 7-0 mark in the SEC, and was selected as the national champion following the season by the Associated Press. Auburn outscored its opponents that season by a combined score of 207-28, posting six shutouts and ending the season with a 40-0 whitewashing of Alabama.

WINNING THE CLOSE ONES
Auburn has had a knack for winning close ball games since Tommy Tuberville arrived as the Tigers' head coach. In his nine seasons at the helm, Auburn is 24-12 in games decided by seven points or less and has won 12 of its last 16, including all five games last season.

SENIORS GO FOR NEW MARK
Each of Auburn's last two senior classes have established new school records for victories in a four-year period, and this year's class has a chance to extend that streak. The 2005 senior class tied the old mark of 39 wins in four years, before last year's class finished with a new record of 41 victories in the last four years. With 33 of those wins coming in the last three seasons, this year's class needs eight wins to tie that record and nine to become the winningest senior class in Auburn history.

FATHERS AND SONS
Senior fullback Danny Perry is the son of Director of Football Operations Jimmy Perry. The younger Perry is the first Tiger to have his father on the football staff since Joe Whitt, Jr., played wide receiver from 1998-99 while Joe Whitt, Sr., who coached at Auburn from 1981-2005, was a linebackers coach.

Previously, Gene Lorendo, an assistant coach from 1951-75, saw his son, Mac, letter at offensive tackle from 1970-72, earning All-SEC honors as a senior, and Paul Davis, an assistant coach from 1967-80 and 1987-90, watched his son, Rhett, letter at split end from 1972-73.

In addition, Auburn freshman linebacker Adam Herring is the son of Arkansas defensive coordinator Reggie Herring.

TIGER GRADS
Auburn begins the season with 10 graduates on the roster, which is the third most of any Football Bowl Subdivision team.

The Tiger graduates include: TE Cole Bennett (business administration), SS Eric Brock (public administration), QB Brandon Cox (business administration), DT Tez Doolittle (criminology), DB Zach Gilbert (public administration), DE Quentin Groves (criminology), CB Patrick Lee (criminology), H Matthew Motley (exercise science), RB Carl Stewart (political science) and NG Josh Thompson (physical education).

Listed are the top 10 programs in terms of number of players who have completed their bachelor's degrees prior to the start of the 2007 season.

1.  Boston College  17
2.  Washington      11
3.  Auburn          10
4.  Notre Dame      9
5.  Arizona State   8
    Pittsburgh      8
7.  Ole Miss        5
    USC             5
    Virginia        5
10. Memphis         4
    TCU             4

TIGERS GO HIGH DEFINITION
The most notable change to Jordan-Hare Stadium for the 2007 season is a new high definition video board above the south end zone. The $2.9 million board is the first true HD video display in the SEC and makes Auburn just the second NCAA member institution to invest in true high definition LED video capabilities. The display measure approximately 30 feet high by 74 feet wide, and exceeds 2,200 square feet. It has the capability to show a single, wide screen image, and can also be split into multiple windows to show lineups, game statistics, out-of-town game information and much more.

TIGER PROS
Auburn has demonstrated a proficiency for placing players in the National Football League. As of Aug. 21, 38 former Auburn Tigers were listed on NFL rosters. The Seattle Seahawks have the most former Tigers, with five former Auburn players on the roster, while the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons have four each.

WHEN SCORING 20+ POINTS
Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 63-5 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a 61-4 mark in the regular season. Dating back to 1995, Auburn is 84-12 when scoring 20 or more points in a game.

30+ POINTS EQUALS VICTORY
Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 41-0 when scoring 30 or more points in a game. Auburn has won 46 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points.

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 115-2 when scoring 30 points.

BRAMBLETT RECEIVES SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR AWARD
Rod Bramblett, who handles the play-by-play duties of Auburn football, men's basketball and baseball on the Auburn ISP Sports Network, has been named the 2007 Sportscaster of the Year in the state of Alabama by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

A Valley, Ala., native, Bramblett became Auburn's lead announcer for football and men's basketball in 2003. Bramblett, 41, has served as the voice of Auburn baseball since 1993. This is the first time he has received this Sportscaster of the Year honor.

Bramblett is a 1988 graduate of Auburn.

TIGERS ON CSS
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) will broadcast encore presentations of Auburn football every Sunday at 6 p.m. ET/5 p.m. CT with Andy Burcham handling play-by-play duties and Cole Cubelic doing color commentary. CSS will also air the Auburn Football Review every Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT and the Auburn Football Preview every Friday at 4:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. CT.

CSS is a 24-hour regional sports network serving approximately 5.8 million households across 12 Southeastern states.

DID YOU KNOW?
Cole Bennett started his freshman year at Auburn already having accumulated 27 credit hours ... Bennett was also married during the summer of 2007, joining Quentin Groves as married players on the Tigers' squad ... Oscar Gonzalez is originally from Cuba and is bilingual ... Linebacker Courtney Harden and defensive tackle Jake Ricks are brothers ... Brad Lester was a high school teammate of the Atlanta Braves' Jeff Francoeur ... Carl Stewart plays the violin.