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The 2011 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2011 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gene Chizik, who was in his third season with Auburn. The Tigers played their home games at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama, and competed in the Western Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The Tigers entered the 2011 season after winning the 2011 BCS National Championship. Auburn finished the year 8–5 overall and 4–4 in SEC play to place fourth in the Western Division. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they defeated Virginia, 43–24.

2011 Auburn Tigers football
Auburn Tigers logo.svg
Chick-fil-A Bowl champion
Chick-fil-A Bowl, W 43–24 vs. Virginia
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWestern Division
2011 record8–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coachGene Chizik (3rd season)
Offensive coordinatorGus Malzahn (3rd season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTed Roof (3rd season)
Base defense4–3, Tampa 2
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
No. 2 LSU x$   8 0         13 1  
No. 1 Alabama %#   7 1         12 1  
No. 5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

During the 2010–2011 campaign, the Tigers finished the season undefeated, 14–0, with wins over No. 12 South Carolina, No. 12 Arkansas, No. 6 LSU, longtime rival Georgia, No. 9 Alabama, No. 18 South Carolina for a second time in the SEC Championship, and No. 2 Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game.[1] They finished the season as the consensus National Champions, being voted No. 1 in the AP and Coaches' Polls in securing Auburn's first national title since 1957.[2] In addition to the national title, junior quarterback Cam Newton became the third Auburn player to win the Heisman Trophy.[3]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gene Chizik Head Coach Florida 3rd
Gus Malzahn Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Henderson State 3rd
Ted Roof Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Georgia Tech 3rd
Trooper Taylor Assistant head coach/Wide receivers Baylor 3rd
Curtis Luper Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator Stephen F. Austin 3rd
Jeff Grimes Offensive line UTEP 3rd
Jay Boulware Special teams Coordinator/Tight ends Texas 3rd
Mike Pelton Defensive line Auburn 1st
Phillip Lolley Cornerbacks Livingston 12th
Tommy Thigpen Safeties North Carolina 3rd
Kevin Yoxall Head Strength and Conditioning Coach TCU 12th

Returning startersEdit

Key lossesEdit

  • QB Cam Newton
  • RB Mario Fannin
  • WR Darvin Adams
  • WR Terell Zachery
  • WR Kodi Burns
  • LT Lee Ziemba
  • LG Mike Berry
  • C Ryan Pugh
  • RG Byron Isom
  • DE Antoine Carter
  • DE Micheal Goggans
  • NG Zach Clayton
  • NT Nick Fairley
  • NT Mike Blanc
  • LB Josh Bynes
  • LB Craig Stevens
  • CB Demond Washington
  • K Wes Byrum
  • P Ryan Shoemaker

Dismissed from team

  • HB Eric Smith
  • WR Antonio Goodwin
  • WR Shaun Kitchens
  • TE Dakota Mosely
  • SS Mike McNeil

Quit team during spring

  • WR Derek Winters
  • WR Philip Pierre Louis
  • TE Robert Cooper
  • OT Roszell Gayden
  • OT Andre Harris
  • LB Jessel Curry

Current roster

  • 1 WR Trovon Reid (RFr)-projected starter
  • 3 WR DeAngelo Benton (Jr)
  • 5 RB Michael Dyer (So)-projected starter
  • 5 LB Jake Holland (So)-projected starter
  • 6 CB Jonathan Mincy (RFr)
  • 8 RB Anthony Gulley-Morgan (RSo)
  • 9 WR Quindarius Carr (Sr)
  • 9 CB Ryan White (So)
  • 10 LB LaDarius Owens (RFr)
  • 11 CB Chris Davis (So)
  • 12 FS Demetruce McNeal (So)-projected starter
  • 13 DE Craig Sanders (So)
  • 14 QB Barrett Trotter (Jr)-projected starter
  • 15 QB Clint Moseley (So)
  • 15 CB Neiko Thorpe (Sr)-projected starter
  • 16 FS Ikeem Means (Jr)
  • 18 QB Logan Paul (So)
  • 20 SS Drew Cole (Sr)
  • 21 LB Eltoro Freeman (Jr)
  • 22 CB T'Sharvin Bell (Jr)-projected starter
  • 23 RB Onterio McCalebb (Jr)
  • 25 LB Daren Bates (Jr)-projected starter
  • 28 CB Jonathan Rose (Fr)
  • 29 K Chandler Brooks (Sr)
  • 30 P Steven Clarke (So)-projected starter
  • 35 LB Jonathan Evans (Jr)-projected starter
  • 36 K Cody Parkey (So)-projected starter
  • 37 FB LaDarius Phillips (RFr)-projected starter
  • 38 LB Jawara White (RFr)
  • 40 HB Chris Humpheries (Sr)
  • 43 TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (Jr)-projected starter
  • 45 RB Davis Hooper (Sr)
  • 50 C Reese Dismukes (Fr)-projected starter
  • 52 DE Justin Delaine (RFr)
  • 54 NT Jeff Whitaker (So)-projected starter
  • 55 DE Corey Lemonier (So)-projected starter
  • 58 LB Harris Gaston (So)
  • 60 OG Eric Mack (RFr)
  • 61 LS Josh Harris (Jr)-projected starter
  • 62 LT Chris Slade (RFr)
  • 63 C Blake Burgess (So)
  • 65 C Tunde Funiyike (RFr)
  • 66 OG Thomas O'Reilly (Fr)
  • 68 OG Ed Christian (RFr)
  • 70 OG Shon Coleman (Fr)
  • 71 RG John Sullen (Jr)-projected starter
  • 74 NT Jamar Travis (Jr)
  • 75 OT Brandon Mosely (Sr)-projected starter
  • 77 OT A.J. Greene (Sr)-projected starter
  • 78 OT Aubrey Phillips (Fr)
  • 79 OG Jarod Cooper (Sr)-projected starter
  • 80 WR Emory Blake (Jr)-projected starter
  • 83 TE Chad Croce (So)
  • 85 WR Travante Stallworth (RSo)
  • 91 DE Joel Bonomolo (RJr)
  • 92 NG Kenneth Carter (So)-projected starter
  • 94 DE Nosa Equae (So)-projected starter
  • 95 DE Dee Ford (Jr)
  • 97 NG Derrick Lykes (Sr)

Transfers

  • RB Mike Blakely (Fr)- University Of Florida
  • RB Corey Grant (RFr)-University Of Alabama

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 311:00 a.m.Utah State*No. 23ESPN2W 42–3885,245
September 1011:30 a.m.No. 16 Mississippi State
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECNW 41–3487,451
September 1711:00 a.m.at Clemson*No. 21ABCL 24–3881,514
September 246:00 p.m.Florida Atlantic*
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
SECRNW 30–1482,249
October 12:30 p.m.at No. 10 South CarolinaCBSW 16–1381,767
October 86:00 p.m.at No. 10 ArkansasNo. 15ESPNL 14–3874,191
October 156:00 p.m.FloridaNo. 24
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL (rivalry)
ESPNW 17–687,451
October 222:30 p.m.at No. 1 LSUNo. 19CBSL 10–4593,098
October 296:00 p.m.Ole Miss
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
ESPNUW 41–2385,347
November 122:30 p.m.at No. 14 GeorgiaNo. 20CBSL 7–4592,746
November 1912:00 p.m.(FCS) Samford* 
  • Jordan–Hare Stadium
  • Auburn, AL
PPVW 35–1684,842
November 262:30 p.m.No. 2 AlabamaNo. 24
CBSL 14–4287,451
December 316:30 p.m.vs. Virginia*ESPNW 43–2472,919
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Central time

Game summariesEdit

Utah StateEdit

1 234Total
Utah State 14 7314 38
Auburn 7 71414 42

Mississippi StateEdit

#16 Mississippi State at Auburn
1 234Total
Mississippi State 14 1037 34
Auburn 14 1737 41

ClemsonEdit

1 234Total
Auburn 14 730 24
Clemson 0 21143 38

Florida AtlanticEdit

1 234Total
Florida Atlantic 3 308 14
Auburn 10 0200 30

South CarolinaEdit

Auburn at #10 South Carolina
1 234Total
Auburn 3 607 16
South Carolina 6 070 13

ArkansasEdit

1 234Total
Auburn 14 000 14
Arkansas 7 14710 38

FloridaEdit

1 234Total
Florida 0 600 6
Auburn 7 0010 17
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 6:07 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:18
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Game weather: 77°; Clear Skies
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)

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LSUEdit

1 234Total
Auburn 3 007 10
LSU 7 14213 45

Ole MissEdit

1 234Total
Ole Miss 7 1006 23
Auburn 14 31410 41

[5]

GeorgiaEdit

Deep South's Oldest Rivalry
1 234Total
Auburn 7 000 7
Georgia 14 2137 45
  • Date: November 12
  • Location: Sanford Stadium, Athens, GA
  • Game start: 3:40 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: 63°; Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)

SamfordEdit

1 234Total
Samford 0 1033 16
Auburn 7 7714 35
  • Date: November 19
  • Location: Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 12:05 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 2:54
  • Game attendance: 84,842
  • Game weather: 55°; Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (PPV): Andy Burcham (play-by-play), Ben Leard (analyst)

AlabamaEdit

1 234Total
Alabama 14 10315 42
Auburn 7 070 14
  • Date: November 26
  • Location: Jordan–Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL
  • Game start: 2:39 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:14
  • Game attendance: 87,451
  • Game weather: 70°; Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline reporter)

VirginiaEdit

Chick-fil-A Bowl
1 234Total
Virginia 7 1070 24
Auburn 7 21123 43
  • Date: December 31
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA
  • Game start: 6:36 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:23
  • Game attendance: 72,919
  • Game weather: Indoors
  • Referee: Dennis Hannigan
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (analyst), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)

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Recruiting classEdit

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 23 RV 21 RV RV 15 24 19 RV 25 24 RV RV NR NR RV 
Coaches 19 22 19 RV RV 23 RV 23 RV RV 25 RV RV NR NR RV 
Harris Not released RV 21 RV 25 25 RV RV RV RV Not released 
BCS Not released 20 23 22 20 24 24 NR 25 Not released

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2009 Auburn Football". AuburnTigers.cstv.com. Auburn University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  2. ^ "2010 NCAA Football Rankings – Postseason". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on 25 February 2011. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Cam Newton wins Heisman Trophy". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 13, 2010. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
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