Auburn Tigers Football Season Preview History
2011 Auburn Football Preview:
It is hard to wrestle the title of Alabama’s favorite team away from the Crimson Tide. But Auburn did that last year by fielding a team that produced a National Championship, and both Heisman and Lombardi Award winners in Cam Newton and Nick Fairley. But those Tigers are now playing on Sundays, leaving head coach Gene Chizik with holes to fill—not that he’s worried.
Filling Newton’s shoes at QB won’t be easy, but there are plenty of top choices battling it out in spring practice. The major competitors are junior Barrett Trotter and sophomore Clint Moseley. Who they’ll be throwing it to is a little clearer in that the most experienced will take the field first, and that would be juniors Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen. The picture at running back is clearer, with sophomore Mike Dyer becoming the most prolific freshman back at Auburn since Bo Jackson (and that was with a bum leg the first half of the year).
It’s the same on the defensive side of the ball, where a bulk of the unit’s has moved on from the college ranks. Up front, junior power end Nosa Eguae will be the anchor for the Fairley-less line. To back them up, the linebackers are looking to sophomore Jake Holland to bring them up to where they were last year, and end the year on the same high note.
2010 Auburn Football Preview:
Auburn is used to high expectations playing in the SEC, and first-year coach Gene Chizik did not necessarily live up to them in 2009. While an 8-5 record and a bowl win is respectable, for Tiger fans, the 3-5 conference record was not.
Although Auburn returns eight starters on offense, gone are the team's leading passer and rusher from 2009. Running back Ben Tate will be sorely missed, as senior Mario Fannin attempts to fill the hole. The quarterback position is up in the air as well. Junior Cameron Newton is the presumptive starter but he has little experience and could be replaced by fellow senior Neil Caudle at the first sign of trouble.
Defense has been the signature of Auburn for many years, but that was not the case last season, as the Tigers finished toward the bottom in the SEC in every major defensive category. With eight starters returning, the squad should be more experienced and will be led by senior linebackers Craig Stevens and Josh Bynes.
Auburn will need a strong season to wash away the bad taste of losing five of their last eight games in 2009. However, the Tigers have the favorable schedule to do so, but late season trips to Mississippi and Alabama could be dangerous.
2009 Auburn Football Preview:
Head Coach: Gene Chizik
The first year with a new Head Coach is typically a reason for optimism within a program. Auburn heads into 2009 season playing for new Head Coach Gene Chizik. Chizik is a tough as nails defensive coach and a talented recruiter. Chizik's job in 2009 will be to put wins on the board quickly in order to try to make Tigers fans forget that he replaced legendary Coach Tommy Tuberville. If Chizik can post a strong record in the SEC and a victory over rival Alabama in the Iron Bowl, then fans down south might be chanting War Eagle in the SEC Championship Game.
2008 Auburn Football Preview:
Head Coach: Tommy Tuberville
It's a little difficult to put a finger on where the Auburn Tigers fit in the 2008 season ranks. In 2007, the Tigers racked up nine wins, including a win in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl vs. Clemson. This year, the Tigers lose their starting quarterback, but this could be an advantage for the team. New recruits Blake Field and Kodi Burns are packed with talent, but will need some time to dry out those wet spots behind their ears. With a game or two, these Tigers may have something going with one of these two QB's. What hurts the Tigers more than anything is the lack of playmakers in the wide receiver department. The Tiger team will have to adjust for some new players to get experience, and this will say a lot about the outcome of the Tigers' season early on.
The Tigers are notorious for their presence on defense. This year seems to be no different, as there are plenty of returning players who saw a good deal of playtime in 2007. The Tiger defense might have to workl overtime to make up for less experience on the offensive side of the ball - but the Tigers, if true to form, should have no problems. Look out for this team to take hold of the SEC West Division. The Auburn and LSU will play each other early this season, and the SEC West will be decided by the better of the two. May the best Tiger win.