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2012 Auburn Tigers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionWest Division
2012 record3–9 (0–8 SEC)
Head coachGene Chizik (4th season)
Offensive coordinatorScot Loeffler (1st year)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorBrian VanGorder (1st year)
Base defense4-3
Home stadiumJordan–Hare Stadium
(Capacity: 87,451)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
Western Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2012
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Auburn Tigers football team represented Auburn University in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Gene Chizik, who was in his fourth 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).

On November 25, 2012, Auburn Athletic Director Jay Jacobs fired head coach Gene Chizik and all of the assistant coaches after finishing the season 3–9 overall with a 0–8 record in Southeastern Conference play, the programs worst season in 60 years.[1]

Previous SeasonEdit

Auburn finished 2011 with a record of 8–5 (4–4 SEC) and won the Chick-fil-A Bowl over Virginia 43–24. During the month leading up to the bowl game defensive coordinator Ted Roof resigned to take a similar position at Central Florida before ultimately becoming the defensive coordinator at Penn State, and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn resigned to become the head coach at Arkansas State, but remained with the Tigers through the bowl game. Star running back Michael Dyer was released from his scholarship and followed Malzahn to Arkansas State after violating undisclosed team rules prior to the bowl game.

Forthcoming SeasonEdit

A shooting at an off campus party took the lives of former players Ed Christian and LaDarius Phillips on June 9 after they had planned to transfer. Current Offensive Guard Eric Mack was also shot but survived, he remains on the team, but has not participated in summer drills. Freshman QB Zeke Pike was arrested for public intoxication and was dismissed from the team. Pike will transfer to Louisville. Other transfers included CB Jonathan Rose and OG Thomas O'Reilly. DE Joel Bonomolo quit the team and linebacker Jawara White suffered a career ending neck injury. Transfers Corey Grant, Mike Blakely and Melvin Ray will be eligible to play this upcoming season.

New CoordinatorsEdit

The Tigers played the 2012 season with new coordinators on both offense and defense. On offense, Scot Loeffler took control. Loeffler was previously the offensive coordinator at Temple University, and has served stints as an assistant coach at Michigan, Florida and the Detroit Lions. While serving as a graduate assistant coach at Michigan, Loeffler tutored future New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The new Auburn defensive coordinator was Brian VanGorder, who most recently served in a similar capacity with the Atlanta Falcons. Also new to the Tigers defensive coaching staff is Willie Martinez, who will coach defensive backs. Martinez was most recently an assistant coach at Oklahoma. VanGorder and Martinez previously coached together at Georgia in the early 2000s. The Tigers switched to a more aggressive blitzing scheme on defense. The presence of VanGorder on the Tigers’ coaching staff paid dividends in recruiting, as they secured commitments from several high profile recruits for the 2013 class.

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Alma mater Year Entering
Gene Chizik Head Coach Florida 4th
Scot Loeffler Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Michigan 1st
Brian VanGorder Defensive Coordinator Wayne State 1st
Trooper Taylor Assistant head coach/Wide receivers Baylor 4th
Curtis Luper Running backs/Recruiting Coordinator Stephen F. Austin 4th
Jeff Grimes Offensive line UTEP 4th
Jay Boulware Special teams Coordinator/Tight ends Texas 4th
Mike Pelton Defensive line Auburn 2nd
Willie Martinez Secondary Miami 1st
Tommy Thigpen Linebackers North Carolina 4th
Kevin Yoxall Head Strength and Conditioning Coach TCU 13th

Returning startersEdit

OffenseEdit

Player Class Position
Kiehl Frazier Sophomore Quarterback
Tre Mason Sophomore Running Back
Onterio McCalebb Senior Running Back
Emory Blake Senior Wide Receiver
Quan Bray Sophomore Wide Receiver
Travante Stallworth Senior Wide Receiver
Trovon Reed Sophomore Slot Receiver
Philip Lutzenkirchen Senior Tight End
Reese Dismukes Sophomore Center
John Sullen Senior Left Guard
Chad Slade Sophomore Right Tackle

DefenseEdit

Player Class Position
Corey Lemonier Junior Defensive End
Dee Ford Junior Defensive End
Jeff Whitaker Junior Defensive Tackle
Gabe Wright Sophomore Defensive Tackle
Daren Bates Senior Weak Side Linebacker
T'Sharvin Bell Senior Cornerback
Chris Davis Junior Cornerback
Demetruce McNeal Junior Strong Safety
Enrique Florence Sophomore Free Safety
Jermaine Whitehead Sophomore Nickleback
Robenson Therezie Sophomore Nickleback

Special TeamsEdit

Player Class Position
Jason Lembke Sophomore Long Snapper
Steven Clark Junior Punter
Cody Parkey Junior Kicker
Ryan White Junior Holder
Tre Mason Sophomore Kick Returner
Onterio McCalebb Senior Kick Returner
Quan Bray Sophomore Punt Returner

Key LossesEdit

  • QB Barrett Trotter
  • RB Michael Dyer
  • WR Quindarrius Carr
  • LT A.J. Greene
  • RT Brandon Mosely
  • LB Eltoro Freeman
  • FS Neiko Thorpe
  • HC Gene Chizik

Key ReturnersEdit

  • QB Kiehl Frazier
  • QB Clint Moseley
  • RB Onterio McCalebb
  • RB Tre Mason
  • WR Emory Blake
  • TE Philip Lutzenkirchen
  • C Reese Dismukes
  • LE Corey Lemonier
  • LE Craig Sanders
  • LE LaDarius Owens
  • RE Dee Ford
  • RE Nosa Equae
  • DT Jeff Whitaker
  • LB Daren Bates
  • CB Chris Davis
  • CB T'Sharvin Bell
  • P Steven Clark
  • K Cody Parkey

Depth Chart Edit

Offense

Quarterbacks

  • 10 Kiehl Frazier So 6'2 228
  • 15 Clint Moseley Jr 6'4 233
  • 12 Jonathan Wallace Fr 6'2 205

Running Backs

  • 23 Onterio McCalebb Sr 5'11 168
  • 21 Tre Mason So 5'10 205
  • 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • 22 Mike Blakely RFr 5'9 206

Fullbacks

  • 35 Jay Prosch Jr 6'0 253
  • 48 Blake Burgess Jr 6'2 255

Slot Receivers

  • 1 Trovon Reed So 6'0 188
  • 4 Quan Bray So 5'10 175
  • 8 Anthony Morgan Sr 5'9 204

Wide Receiver

  • 80 Emory Blake Sr 6'2 197
  • 13 Sammie Coates RFr 6'3 210
  • 89 Jaylon Denson So 6'3 208
  • 6 Ricardo Louis Fr 6'2 210

Wide Receiver

  • 85 Travante Stallworth Sr 5'9 195
  • 82 Melvin Ray Fr 6'4 205
  • 87 JaQuay Williams Fr 6'4 201

Tight End

  • 43 Philip Lutzenkirchen Sr 6'4 260
  • 11 Brandon Fulse So 6'5 250
  • 81 CJ Uzomah So 6'4 246 (was the wildcat last year)
  • 46 Ricky Parks Fr 6'3 237
  • 84 Darrien Hutcherson Fr 6'8 272

Left Tackle

  • 73 Greg Robinson RFr 6'4 312
  • 72 Shon Coleman RFR 6'6 295
  • 77 Shane Callahan Fr 6'6 285

Left Guard

  • 71 John Sullen Sr 6'6 336
  • 63 Alex Kozan Fr 6'4 295
  • 76 Jordan Diamond Fr 6'5 295

Center

  • 50 Reese Dismukes So 6'3 305
  • 65 Tunde Fariyike So 6'3 302

Right Guard

  • 75 Christian Westerman RFr 6'3 310
  • 60 Eric Mack So 6'3 315
  • 70 Robert Leff Fr 6'7 275

Right Tackle

  • 62 Chad Slade So 6'5 325
  • 51 Patrick Miller Fr 6'7 275
  • 56 Avery Young Fr 6'6 275
  • 74 Will Adams Fr 6'8 285

Defense

Left End

  • 55 Corey Lemonier Jr 6'4 250
  • 13 Craig Sanders Jr 6'4 266
  • 10 Ladarius Owens So 6'2 257
  • 42 Gimel President Fr 6'4 245

Defensive Tackle

  • 54 Jeff Whitaker Jr 6'5 305
  • 92 Ken Carter Jr 6'4 297
  • 74 Jamar Travis Sr 6'0 294
  • 91 Tyler Nero Fr 6'2 291

Defensive Tackle

  • 90 Gabe Wright So 6'3 305
  • 98 Angelo Blackson So 6'5 325
  • 95 Devaunte Singler So 6'5 295
  • 93 JaBrain Niles RFr 6'2 297

Right End

  • 95 Dee Ford Jr 6'2 245
  • 94 Nosa Equae Jr 6'3 263
  • 52 Justin Delaine So 6'5 250
  • 45 Keymiya Harrell RFr 6'5 260

Strong Side Linebacker

  • 17 Kris Frost RFr 6'2 233
  • 35 Jonathan Evans 5'11 230
  • 44 Anthony Swain 6'2 245

Middle Linebacker

  • 5 Jake Holland Jr 6'1 238
  • 33 Chris Landrum RFr 6'3 233
  • 30 Cassanova McKinzy Fr 6'4 237

Weak Side Linebacker

  • 25 Daren Bates Sr 5'11 225
  • 26 Justin Garrett So 6'2 206
  • 58 Ashton Richardson Sr 6'1 218
  • 18 Javiere Mitchell Fr 6'2 197

Left Corner Back

  • 11 Chris Davis Jr 5'10 184
  • 6 Jonathan Mincy So 5'10 188
  • 1 Josh Hoseley Fr 5'9 175
  • 21 Jonathan Jones Fr 5'10 185

Free Saftey

  • 14 Enrique Florence So 6'1 185
  • 9 Jermaine Whitehead So 5'11 195
  • 31 Trent Fisher So 6'1 187

Strong Saftey

  • 12 DeMutruce McNeal Jr 6'2 193
  • 24 Ryan Smith Jr 6'2 208
  • 16 Ikeem Means Sr 6'0 205

Right Corner Back

  • 22 T'Sharvin Bell Sr 6'0 182
  • 27 Robensen Theirize So 5'8 203
  • 19 Ryan White Jr 5'11 195
  • 28 TJ Davis Fr 6'1 190

Special Teams

  • K 36 Cody Parkey Jr 6'1 175
  • P 30 Steven Clarke Jr 6'5 228
  • LS 59 Jason Lembke Jr 6'2 242
  • H 19 Ryan White Jr 5'11 195
  • LS 61 C.T. Moorman Fr 6'1 220
  • PR 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • KR 20 Corey Grant So 5'9 203
  • KR 4 Quan Bray So 5'10 175

Team Captains

  • Emory Blake
  • Philip Lutzenkirchen
  • Corey Lemonier

Award Finalist

Recruiting ClassEdit

The main focus in offseason recruiting was adding new offensive linemen. The Tigers signed seven, led by tackles Avery Young and Jordan Diamond, who were both rated five stars by Scouts.com. Parade All-American Shane Callahan and Patrick Miller, both rated as four star recruits, also highlight the recruiting class, as do tackle Will Adams and guard Robert Leff. The final signee to Auburn’s impressive class of offensive linemen is Alex Kozan, who signed with the Tigers three weeks after the National Signing Day. In addition, 2010 signee Shon Coleman has been cleared to play after being cured of acute leukemia. He will have four years of eligibility remaining.

The only high school running back signed was Jovon Robinson; however, he has been unable to practice until potential irregularities in his high school transcripts are resolved. Three running backs have transferred to the Tigers from other programs: Mike Blakely (Florida), Corey Grant (Alabama) and fullback Jay Prosch (Illinois).

The Tigers added two four-star recruits at wide receiver. Ricardo Louis signed with Auburn, picking the Tigers over Florida State; also, the Tigers beat out Georgia Tech for the services of JaQuay Williams. In addition, Melvin Ray transferred from Alabama and will be eligible for the 2013 season. The Tigers also signed two tight ends: highly regarded Ricky Parks and Darrien Hutchinson, who is 6’8” and weighs 272 pounds.

On defense Auburn concentrated on the secondary, picking up four-star recruit Josh Hosely as well as T.J. Davis and Jonathan Jones. Defensive line signees include Parade All-American Gimel President and four-star recruit Tyler Nero, who has been timed running a 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds. Linebackers Cassanova McKinzy and Javier Mitchell round out the class.

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 1* 6:00 PM vs. #14 Clemson Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A College Kickoff) ESPN L 19–26   75,211
September 8 11:00 AM at Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN L 10–28   56,111
September 15* 11:21 AM Louisiana–Monroe Jordan–Hare StadiumAuburn, AL SECN/ESPN3 W 31–28 OT  85,214
September 22 6:00 PM #2 LSU Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Tiger Bowl) ESPN L 10–12   86,721
October 6 11:00 AM Arkansas Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPN2 L 7–24   85,813
October 13† 11:21 AM at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS SECN/ESPN3 L 20–41   57,068
October 20 11:21 AM at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN SECN/ESPN3 L 13–17   40,350
October 27 6:00 PM Texas A&M Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL ESPNU L 21–63   85,119
November 3*† 11:30 AM New Mexico State Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL CSS/ESPN3 W 42–7   74,676
November 10 7:00 PM #6 Georgia Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry) ESPN2 L 0–38   86,146
November 17* 1:00 PM Alabama A&M Jordan–Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL PPV W 51–7   74,832
November 24 2:30 PM at #2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Iron Bowl) CBS L 0–49   101,821
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Central Time.
Schedule Source:"2012 Auburn Tigers Football Schedule". http://www.fbschedules.com/ncaa-12/sec/2012-auburn-tigers-football-schedule.php. Retrieved December 28, 2011.

Game summariesEdit

#14 ClemsonEdit

#14 Clemson Tigers vs. Auburn Tigers (Chick-fil-A College Kickoff)
1 2 3 4 Total
#14 Clemson 3 10 3 10

26

Auburn 7 3 6 3

19

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Georgia

Mississippi StateEdit

Auburn Tigers at Mississippi State Bulldogs
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 3 7 0

10

Bulldogs 0 7 14 7

28

at Davis Wade Stadium, Starkville, MS

Louisiana-MonroeEdit

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Warhawks 7 7 0 14

28

Tigers 7 14 7 0

28

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

#3 LSUEdit

LSU Tigers at Auburn Tigers (Tiger Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
#3 LSU 9 0 3 0

12

Auburn 7 3 0 0

10

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

#8 ArkansasEdit

Arkansas Razorbacks at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Razorbacks 7 3 0 14

24

Tigers 0 0 7 0

7

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

Ole MissEdit

Auburn Tigers at Ole Miss Rebels
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 17 3 0

20

Rebels 14 3 7 17

41

at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Oxford, MS

  • Date: October 13
  • Game time: 11:21 am

VanderbiltEdit

Auburn Tigers at Vanderbilt Commodores
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 10 0 3

13

Commodores 7 3 7 0

17

at Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, TN

  • Date: October 20
  • Game attendance: 40,350
  • TV: SEC Network

Texas A&MEdit

Texas A&M Aggies at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 21 21 14 7

63

Tigers 0 7 14 0

21

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: October 27

New Mexico StateEdit

New Mexico State Aggies at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Aggies 0 0 0 7

7

Tigers 0 7 21 14

42

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 3

#7 GeorgiaEdit

Georgia Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers (Deep South's Oldest Rivalry)
1 2 3 4 Total
#7 Bulldogs 14 14 10 0

38

Tigers 0 0 0 0

0

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 10

Alabama A&MEdit

Alabama A&M Bulldogs at Auburn Tigers
1 2 3 4 Total
Bulldogs 0 0 7 0

7

Tigers 21 14 0 16

51

at Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, AL

  • Date: November 17
  • TV: PPV

#2 AlabamaEdit

Auburn Tigers at Alabama Crimson Tide (Iron Bowl)
1 2 3 4 Total
Tigers 0 0 0 0

0

#2 Crimson Tide 14 28 7 0

49

at Bryant–Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

RankingsEdit

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