There are 19 days until we kick it off on Aug. 30 with the South Carolina Gamecocks hitting the road to face the Vanderbilt Commodores. You can almost smell it in the air, the time is quickly approaching. Today, we continue with our Rant Sports, SEC 50 Players in 50 Days series, as we jump back to the offensive side of the football and take a look at Auburn Tigers‘ tight end, Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn:
Auburn welcomes two new coordinators to the fold in 2012. Scot Loeffler takes over the offense for the departed Gus Malzahn. Loeffler will bring more of a pro-style attack to “The Plains” as he will look to use a ton of formations and motions to confuse opposing defenses. While the quarterback position is a question mark, there is talent on the roster. Kiehl Frazier and Clint Moseley both have playing experience and should continue to battle it out up until the final week of fall camp. One staple on this Tiger offense will be tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen, who was selected as a Rant Sports Preseason All American.
Lutzenkirchen enters his senior season as a leader and a playmaker and should be a major focal point for this 2012 Auburn offense. He finished 2011 with 24 receptions for 238 yards and a team-leading seven touchdowns. His seven touchdowns tied him for third nationally among tight ends. Not only did Lutzenkirchen have a great year in 2011, but he has shined throughout his Auburn career. He currently ranks first in school history for touchdowns by a tight end with 14. He also ranks first among tight ends for touchdowns in a season with seven. Lutzenkirchen also has three game-winning touchdown receptions against South Carolina in 2010 and 2011 and versus Alabama in 2010.
Auburn will be looking to extract revenge on Sep. 1, when they travel to Atlanta to face the Clemson Tigers in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Classic. It’s imperative that the Tigers get off to a fast start in 2012, as they will be facing a stiff road test at Mississippi State Bulldogs the following week.