Head coach: Tommy Tuberville
7th year: (60-27)
11th year overall: (85-47)
Off. 23, Def. 25, ST 6
Lettermen Lost: 15
Best Tiger Players
1. RB Kenny Irons, Sr.
2. QB Brandon Cox, Jr.
3. LB Will Herring, Sr.
4. CB David Irons, Sr.
5. DE Marquies Gunn, Sr.
6. DE Quentin Groves, Jr.
7. WR Courtney Taylor, Sr.
8. OG Tim Duckworth, Jr.
9. P Kody Bliss, Sr.
10. OT King Dunlap, Jr.
at Miss State
at South Carolina
at Ole Miss
2005 Record: 9-3
at LSU L 20-17 OT
at Georgia W 31-30
Capital One Bowl
Wisconsin L 24-10
loses several good starters, but none of them, not even four of the top
five receivers or All-American offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, will
hurt that much. Out with the old, in with near mirror images of the
players who left. In other words, Auburn should be even better than
last year good enough talent to be ranked among the ten best in
America with a schedule that makes a great team a national title
contender. More on that in a moment.
Of course, Auburn does play in the SEC and sure-things, like 2005
Tennessee, have crashed and
burned before. The defense is a bit shaky at
tackle and safety hoping good prospects can produce right away. The
offense needs WR Courtney Taylor to regain his 2004 form and is in huge
trouble if there's an injury problem on the offensive line, but that's
So here you go, Auburn. To get you in the proper frame of mind: You're not good enough to win the national title
and you're not even going to win the SEC title. You had no business
playing for the national title in 2004 or 1983, and you shouldn't have
even been part of the discussion in 1993. Chuck Long deserved the Heisman, the real Tigers in the West are in LSU, and you'll always be
second banana to that team in Crimson.
There, hope that gave you what you needed. Now go play for the national
Auburn has four road games, at Mississippi
State, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Alabama. Any team worthy of saying
the words national title has to win those four games. The home dates are
nasty opening up against a Washington State team that's better than
Auburn fans might give it credit for. LSU, an improved Arkansas, Florida
and Georgia all have to come to Jordan-Hare. As rough as those games
might, Auburn needs those tough wins to get the necessary love from the BCS.
Kenny Irons. What would've happened if Irons was given the ball in the
opener against Georgia Tech? He only got one carry for six yards against
the Yellow Jackets, was held to 28 yards on 13 carries against
Mississippi State, and then ripped through everyone else with the only
blemish a 27-yard day against South Carolina, but he scored twice. He
has home-run hitting speed and he proved he can handle being a
Will Herring. He's certainly the team's steadiest defender leading the
team in tackles last year and cranking out 178 for his career at safety.
Now he's being tried out at outside linebacker to get him even closer to
the action. If he starts all 12 regular season games, he'll set the
school record for most consecutive career starts.
to a successful season:
Junior NG Josh Thompson. The only potential issue with the Auburn
defense is at tackle. Since the D relies on athleticism, there isn't a
whole bunch of size in the middle, but that doesn't mean run stuffers
aren't needed. The 302-pound Thompson is one of the team's strongest
players, but he must stay healthy for the defense to succeed.
will be a success if ... Auburn wins the SEC title. That would make it an extremely
impressive two in three years. It's not every season you get so many big
conference games at home and the Tigers must take advantage.
September 28 at South Carolina. Any talk of winning a title of any kind
can quickly stop before the end of September. The Tigers have a showdown
against LSU on the 16th in Auburn, but the real landmine could be
against Mr. Spurrier in Columbia on a nationally televised Thursday
- Second quarter scoring: Auburn 127 - Opponents 37
- Third down conversion percentage: Auburn 46% (73 of 158) - Opponents
33% (55 of 169)
- Rushing touchdowns: Auburn 28 - Opponents 11
The Last Time
…played in a bowl game…2005 (Capital One Bowl vs. Wisconsin)
…missed a bowl game…1999
…pitched a shutout…2005 (Mississippi State)
…was shutout…2003 (USC)
…scored 50 points…2005 (Ball State)
…won a conference title…2004 (SEC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…1997 (Dameyune Craig)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2005 (Kenny Irons)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…1999 (Ronney Daniels)
…had a first-round draft choice…2005 (RB Ronnie Brown, RB Carnell
Williams, CB Carlos Rogers and QB Jason Campbell)