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Auburn at Southern Cal Preview

AUBURN (0-0) AT #19 SO. CALIFORNIA (0-0)
LA MEMORIAL COLISEUM (92,000) ē LOS ANGELES, CA
SEPTEMBER 2, 2002 ē 7 P.M. CT ē TV: ABC
IN CALIFORNIA

 

THE GAME

Auburn travels to Los Angeles, Calif., to face Southern California in both schoolís season opener.

AUBURN IN OPENERS

Auburn has an 85-22-2 record in season-opening games. Auburn has won 14 of its last 16 season openers, including all three under head coach Tommy Tuberville. The Tigers defeated Ball State, 30-0, in last season's opener.

ROAD OPENERS

The Tigers trip to Southern California will mark the first time since 1997 that they have opened a season on the road. Auburn began the 1997 season with a 28-17 victory at Virginia.  Since 1957, Auburn is 8-4 when opening on the road and has won two consecutive away openers. The Tigers downed Ole Miss, 22-17, in the 1994 opener at Oxford. Auburnís last season opening loss came at Ole Miss in 1992, 45-21.

NON-CONFERENCE OPENERS

Since 1977, Auburn is 18-2 in season openers against non-conference opponents. In 108 years of football at Auburn, the Tigers are 48-12 when opening the season versus nonconference foes.

TUBERVILLE IN OPENERS

Tommy Tuberville is 6-1 in season openers, including a perfect 3-0 mark in openers at Auburn. In fact, Tuberville has won six consecutive season openers dating back to 1996, including three each at Ole Miss and Auburn. This will mark the first time as a head coach that Tuberville has not coached a season opener in Auburn or Oxford.

OPENING VICTORIES TOPS IN SEC

Auburnís 85 season-opening victories is the best among the 12 Southeastern Conference Schools. Following the Tigersí 85 opening day wins include: Alabama (83), Arkansas (83), Georgia (81), Ole Miss (79), Kentucky (77), Tennessee (77), LSU (76), Mississippi St. (72), South Carolina (69), Florida (68), and Vanderbilt (63).

GAME 1
QUICK FACTS
COACHES:

Tommy Tuberville (Southern Arkansas, 1976)
Overall Record 46-33 (7th year)
Auburn Record 21-13 (3rd year)
Pete Carroll (Pacific, 1973)
Overall Record 6-6 (2nd year)
USC Record 6-6 (2nd year)

SERIES:

AU leads, 1-0
at Auburn Never met
at Los Angeles Never met
at Neutral Sites AU leads, 1-0
Last Meeting AU 16, USC 7
Citrus Bowl at Orlando, FL (Jan. 1, 1987)

RANKINGS:

Auburn--not ranked
USC--#20 AP/#19 USA Today

TV:

ABC (live)
Keith Jackson (play-by-play)
Dan Fouts (analysis)
Todd Harris (sideline)

RADIO:

The Auburn Network provides radio coverage to over 60-plus stations that cover the Southeast. Jim Fyffe (play-by-play), Stan White (color), Quentin Riggins (sideline), Paul Ellen (studio) and Rod Bramblett (locker room) provide gameday analysis.

INTERNET:

Live audio www.auburntigers.com

TIGER WALK:

Tiger Walk will begin at 3 p.m. PT (5 p.m. CT) at the SW corner of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. Team buses will stop near the Swim Stadium and players will walk north on Menlo Ave., entering the Coliseum across from Parking Lot #2.

AUBURN (0-0)Date Opponent Score/Time
Sept. 2 at So. California (ABC) 7 p.m.
Sept. 7 WESTERN CAROLINA 4 p.m.
Sept. 14 VANDERBILT 1 p.m.
Sept. 19 at Miss. State (ESPN) 6:45 p.m.
Sept. 28 SYRACUSE 1 p.m.
Oct. 12 ARKANSAS 1 p.m.
Oct. 19 at Florida TBA
Oct. 26 LSU 1 p.m.
Nov. 2 at Ole Miss TBA
Nov. 9 LOUISIANA-MONROE 1 p.m.
Nov. 16 GEORGIA 1 p.m.
Nov. 23 at Alabama TBA
All times central

SO. CALIFORNIA (0-0)
Date Opponent Score/Time
Sept. 2 AUBURN (ABC) 7 p.m.
Sept. 14 at Colorado 3:30 p.m.
Sept. 21 at Kansas State TBA
Sept. 28 OREGON STATE TBA
Oct. 5 at Washington State TBA
Oct. 12 CALIFORNIA TBA
Oct. 19 WASHINGTON TBA
Oct. 26 at Oregon TBA
Nov. 9 at Stanford (ABC) 6 p.m.
Nov. 16 ARIZONA STATE TBA
Nov. 23 at UCLA TBA
Nov. 30 NOTRE DAME (ABC) 5 p.m.
All times central

Auburn will be making just its second trip in the programís history to the Golden State. The Tigers were blanked, 12-0, by Santa Clara, in San Francisco on Oct. 30, 1936.

HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED

Times have changed since the Tigers last trip to California in 1936. The BCS was years from its inception, there were no televised games, and players didnít have modern helmets with face masks. Nor did the Auburn football team have the luxury of trekking across the country in an airplane. Instead, the Ď36 Tigers made a five-day trip from Auburn to San Francisco in two Pullman passenger train cars.

Following a 20-13 victory over Georgia in Columbus, Ga., the morning of Saturday, October 24, the Tigers returned to Auburn, to pack for the week-long train ride to the West Coast. After leaving on Saturday night, the squad made stops in Mobile (Ala.), San Antonio, Tuscon (Ariz.), and Los Angeles, before arriving in San Francisco on Friday morning. The train traveled 24 hours a day with the exception of the four stops, which were used for two-hour workouts by the team.
After the 16th-ranked Tigers fell to 19th-ranked Santa Clara at Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park, the 40 person traveling party boarded the train for the return home.

The East-bound trip made stops in the four previously mentioned cities for practices before arriving in Auburn on Thursday. Following a one-day stop on the Plains, the team boarded another train to play Georgia Tech in Atlanta on Saturday, November 7 (Auburn victory, 13-12).
The 1936 trip, which had a 40-person travel party and took 12 days round-trip, will be nearly 200 people shy of the 2002 trip to Los Angeles that will include a traveling party of nearly 240. Auburnís 2002 West Coast trip will last approximately three days and 17 hours.

(Information courtesy of Mr. Billy Hitchcock, former Auburn football and baseball player. Hitchcock was a three-year letterwinner at halfback for the Tigers in 1935, Ď36, and Ď37.)

SUCCESSFUL SEPTEMBER

Under Head Coach Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 10-2 in the month on September, which excludes the Tigersí 35-21 victory over Wyoming on August 31, 2000. As a head coach, Tuberville has guided his teams to a 19-7 record, including a 9-1 mark against non-conference teams during September.

NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES

The Tigersí trip to Southern California will be a rare non-conference road game. Since 1982, Auburn has played 10 times on the road in non-SEC contests. The Tigers are 7-3 in those games and most recently fell 31-14 at Syracuse last year. The Labor Day opener will also be Auburnís first non-conference road game against a ranked opponent since 1989 when the 11th ranked Tigers lost at 14th-ranked Florida State, 22-14.

FACING A PAC-10 OPPONENT

Auburn is 4-1 all-time against Pac-10 opponents, including a 1-0 record against Southern California. The Tigers are 2-1 against Arizona and 1-0 versus Oregon State. Listed are the Tigersí previous five meetings with Pac-10 schools.

Opponent Date Result Location
Southern California Jan. 1, 1987 [Citrus] W, 16-7 Orlando, FL
Arizona Sept. 10, 1977 W, 21-10 Auburn
Arizona Sept. 11, 1976 L, 31-19 Tuscon, AZ
Oregon State Sept. 15, 1973 W, 18-9 Birmingham, AL
Arizona Dec. 28, 1968 [Sun] W, 34-10 El Paso, TX

CALIFORNIA CONNECTIONS

Five Auburn football staff members have ties with the state of California, including three that hail from the Golden State. Tigersí running backs coach Eddie Gran is a native of Escondido, Calif., and attended California Lutheran, where he was a wide receiver from 1984-87. Gran was a wide receivers coach at his alma mater from 1987-88. Andy Lutz, Auburnís Assistant to the Head Coach, is a native of Lodi, Calif., and attended Pacific where he received a degree in 1991. Video Coordinator Brian Williams calls Los Angeles home. An Auburn graduate, Williams coached at East Nicolaus High School in Nicolaus, Calif., from 1991-93.

Auburnís strength and conditioning coach, Kevin Yoxall, served the same capacity at UCLA in 1995-98. Defensive tackles coach Don Dunn coached at the University of Pacific from 1990-93 in three different capacities (defensive line coach, assistant head coach, co-defensive coordinator).

PAC-10 TIES

Auburn offensive coordinator Bobby Petrino and strength and conditioning coach Kevin Yoxall have previously worked at Pac-10 schools. Petrino was the quarterbacks coach at Arizona State from 1992-93, while Yoxall was the strength and conditioning coach at UCLA (1995-98) prior to coming to Auburn.

ON THIS DATE

Auburn is 2-0 all-time in games played on September 2. In two games played against Ole Miss in Auburn, the Tigers defeated the Rebels, 16-12, in 1993, and 46-13, in 1995.

2002 AUBURN FOOTBALL STATISTICAL COMPARISON
AUBURN VS. SO. CALIFORNIA
2001 Stats

                                                           AU    USC
Total Offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  358.8   314.5
Points Scored . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   22.2     27.1
First Downs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18.1     15.4
Rushing Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   151.4     87.7
Passing Yards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    207.5   226.8
Time of Possession . . . . . . . . . . .    30:50   28:39
3rd Down Conversion Pct. . . . . . . .  32.7     36.6
Points Allowed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24.1    18.8
Yards Allowed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    348.6   330.8
Rushing Yards Allowed . . . . . . . .    133.3   155.2
Passing Yards Allowed. . . . . . . . .   215.4   175.6

STATISTICAL LEADERS
2001 Leading Returners
RUSHING YARDS
AUBURN                           USC
C. Williams . . . . . . .  614  McCullough . . . . . 410
Moore . . . . . . . . . . . 510  Byrd. . . . . . . . . . . 336
Brown . . . . . . . . . . . 308  Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . 38
PASSING YARDS
Cobb . . . . . . . . . . 1,165  Palmer . . . . . . . 2,717
Campbell . . . . . . . 1,117  Cassel . . . . . . . . . . . 5
RECEPTIONS
R. Johnson . . . . . . . . 17  Kelly . . . . . . . . . . . 49
Willis . . . . . . . . . . . . .14  Colbert. . . . . . . . . . 34
C. Williams . . . . . . . . 13  Holmes . . . . . . . . . 22
POINTS SCORED
Duval . . . . . . . . . . . . 76  Davis . . . . . . . . . . . 82
C. Williams . . . . . . . . 36  McCullough . . . . . . 36
C. Butler, R. Johnson .12  Byrd. . . . . . . . . . . . 24
INTERCEPTIONS
Dansby . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Polamalu . . . . . . . . . 3
Hood. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3  Arbet . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Four with . . . . . . . . . . .1 D. Hill . . . . . . . . . . . 2
TACKLES
D. Thomas. . . . . . . . 122 Polamalu . . . . . . . 118
Dansby . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Pollard . . . . . . . . . . 81
Rogers . . . . . . . . . . . 58  D. Hill . . . . . . . . . . 42

OPENING DAY SUPERLATIVES

Auburn has had numerous outstanding individual and team performances in opening day games. Bo Jacksonís 290 rushing yards versus SW Louisiana in 1985 and Alexander Wrightís 263 receiving yards in 1989 against Pacific are the best seasonopening performances by an SEC player.
The Tigersí 565 rushing yards and 695 yards of total offense against SW Louisiana in the 1985 opener are school single-season records.

Listed are Auburnís individual and team season-opening best performances.
INDIVIDUAL

Rushing: 290 yds, Bo Jackson vs. SW Louisiana (9/7/85) [SEC Opening-game record]
Passing: 372 yds, Patrick Nix (28-of-39, 1 TD) vs. Ole Miss (9/2/95)
Receiving: 263 yds, Alexander Wright vs. Pacific (9/9/89) [SEC Opening-game record]
Total Offense: 369 yds, Patrick Nix vs. Ole Miss (9/2/95)
Rushing Play: 84 yds., Lionel James vs. Southern Miss (9/10/83)
Passing Play: 78 yds., Reggie Slack to Alexander Wright vs. Pacific (9/9/89)

TEAM

Points: 61, vs. Birmingham Southern (9/23/32)
Margin of Victory: 61, vs. Birmingham Southern (61-0) (9/23/32)
Passing: 373 yds, vs. Ole Miss (29-for-41, 2 TD) (9/2/95)
Rushing: 565 yds, vs. SW Louisiana (58 att.) (9/7/85) [School Record]
Total Offense: 695 yds, vs. SW Louisiana (565 rush, 130 pass, 76 plays) (9/7/85) [School Record]

TOUGH START

Auburn will face one of its toughest scheduling challenges in school history, as it begins the season with four games in 18 days. Following the opener at Southern California, the Tigers will depart Los Angeles on a red-eye flight on Monday and arrive Tuesday morning, where they will begin preparation for the home-opener four days later against Western Carolina. Auburn will play its third game in 14 days on Sept. 14 against Vanderbilt in Jordan-Hare Stadium before having four days to prepare for a Thursday night game at Mississippi State on Sept. 18.

FIVE BEFORE OCTOBER

For the third time in Auburnís football history, the Tigers will play five games before October 1. The previous two occasions, in 1994 and 2000, Auburn won its first five games of the season.

THE GRADUATES

The 2002 Auburn squad will feature six players that have received their degrees. The six include QB Daniel Cobb, K/P Damon Duval, DS Michael Lindsey, OL Ryan Hockett, C Ben Nowland, and DB Rashaud Walker.

AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS

The Tigers return 48 letterman from last season, including 22 on offense and 22 on defense and four specialists. Auburn returns seven starters on defense and five starters on offense, along with four specialists.

Auburnís roster of 101 players includes 15 seniors, 16 juniors, 23 sophomores, 13 redshirt freshmen, and 34 freshmen. The 70 underclassmen represent 69.3 percent of the Tigersí roster.
A number of walk-ons joined the program after the first day of classes on August 19.

2002 AUBURN FOOTBALL
AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS
2001

Record. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
SEC. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5-3
West . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2-3
East. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3-0
Non-Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-1
Away . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3
Neutral. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0-1
Day . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-2
Night (5 p.m. or later). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3-3
TV Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
ABC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    0-0
CBS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    1-1
ESPN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    1-3
ESPN2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .    1-0
Jefferson Pilot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1-1
Scoring First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
Opponent Scoring First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3
Leading at Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0
Trailing at Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1-5
Tied at Half . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-0
Leading after Third. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5-0
Trailing after Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2-5
Tied after Third . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  0-0
Overtime Games . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0
Scoring less than 20 pts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Scoring 20+ points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-0
Scoring 30+ points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-0
Allowing less than 20 pts.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Allowing 20+ points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3-4
Allowing 30+ points . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  1-3
Rushing for less than 100 yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Rushing for over 100 yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Rushing for 200+ yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Passing for 200+ yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Passing for 300+ yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-0
Totalling less than 300 yds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
300+ yds. of total offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 5-2
400+ yds. of total offense. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
Allowing less than 100 yds. rushing . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-0
Allowing less than 300 yds. total off.. . . . . . . . . . . .  2-2
Allowing 300+ yds. total offense . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5-3
Having 100-yd. rusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-1
Opp. have 100-yd. rusher . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
No turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-1
less than 3 turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2
3 or more turnovers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-2
no takeaways. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-2
3 or more takeaways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-0
more than 30:00 of possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-1
less than 30:00 of possession . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4

2002 AUBURN FOOTBALL
TIGERSí DEPTH CHART

Click here for a Printable Depth Chart

Auburnís depth chart for the season opener against Southern California include 13 seniors, 14 juniors, 14 sophomores, six redshirt freshmen, and eight true freshmen. The numbers donít include return specialists. Among the eight true freshmen on the Tigersí two-deep, six are offensive players and one, WR Ben Obomanu, is listed as a starter.

STARTING LIST

Among the 12 returning starters from the 2001 squad, nine have made 10 or more starts in their careers. On the offensive side of the ball, senior TE Lorenzo Diamond leads the team with 25 career starts, while senior C Ben Nowland has 21 starts and junior T Monreko Crittenden has 10. Defensively, senior DB Rashaud Walker has 23 starts under his belt, followed by junior DT DeMarco McNeilís 21. Junior linebacker Dontarrious Thomas (12), senior CB Roderick Hood (11), junior DE Reggie Torbor (11) and junior SS Roshard Gilyard (10) all have started 10 or more games in their Auburn careers. Rashaud Walker has the longest consecutive starts streak on the team with 10.

FIRST TIME STARTERS

Auburnís depth chart includes three players that have never started a college football game at their respective position. The offensive list includes freshman WR Ben Obomanu and senior RG Ryan Hockett. Defensively, sophomore LE Jay Ratliff is the only Tiger on the first team not to make a start. Ratliff, who moved from tight end to defensive end during Spring drills, started as a freshman at tight end in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.

20+ POINTS EQUALS VICTORY

Under Tommy Tuberville, Auburn is 19-1 when scoring 20 or more points in a game, including a perfect 19-0 mark in the regular season. Auburnís only loss in the last three years when scoring 20+ points was a 31-28 loss to Michigan in the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl.
Dating back to 1995, Auburn is 42-8 when scoring 20 or more points in a game. The Tigers last loss in the regular season when scoring 20+ points was a 24-21 loss to Arkansas on Oct. 31, 1999, in Jordan-Hare Stadium.

DUVAL NEARS CAREER MARKS

Senior All-America kicker Damon Duval enters his senior season within reach of several Auburn kicking and scoring records. The preseason Playboy Magazine All-American is currently fifth in school-history with 208 career points, 66 points shy of Bo Jacksonís school record of 274 points. With 202 points kicking in his career, Duval needs 35 points to pass Al Del Grecoís school mark or 236. The Chattanooga, Tenn., native is seven field goals made away from breaking Win Lyleís mark of 45 and needs 11 more field goal attempts and 26 PATís.

SIXTH YEAR FOR COBB

Auburn quarterback Daniel Cobb, who was named the Tigersí starter during two-a-days, was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA in January. Cobbís story began in 1997, when doctors suggested that he should give up football. During a workout in his redshirt freshman season at the University of Georgia, Cobbís right arm blew up to twice the size of his left arm. After a series of tests at a hospital, it was determined that he had a blood clot five inches from his heart. Cobb suffered from Paget-von Schrotter Syndrome, which caused his first rib to pinch against a cluster of veins under his collarbone, restricting blood flow to his right arm and causing
severe clotting.

In order to continue playing football, Cobb underwent surgery to remove his first rib which is a standard procedure to deal with the syndrome. After several other additional problems and a trip to a vascular surgeon at UCLA, Cobb played in his first football game in two years at Butler County Junior College. After leading Butler County to a national championship in 1999, he transferred to Auburn.

AUBURN STREAKS

Damon Duval has attempted a field goal in 16 consecutive games dating back to the 2000 season ... Auburn has intercepted at least one pass in nine consecutive games ... The Tigers have won 14 consecutive games when tied or leading at halftime ... Auburn has won 19 straight regular season contests when scoring 20 or more points ... Has gone 31 consecutive games without being shutout, which is currently the sixth-longest streak in school history.

AUBURN HONORS

KARLOS DANSBY
  15th best linebacker in nation by Lindyís

LORENZO DIAMOND
  12th best tight end in nation by The Sporting News

DAMON DUVAL
  Preseason All-America by Playboy Magazine
  Preseason Second-Team All-America by The Sporting
News
  Preseason First-Team All-SEC (Kicker)
  Preseason Second-Team All-SEC (Punter)
  Lou Groza Award Watch List

BRANDON JOHNSON
  Ranked one of top 15 fullbacks in nation by The
Sporting News

ROBERT JOHNSON
  Ranked one of top 25 tight ends in nation by The
Sporting News

DEMARCO MCNEIL
  Preseason Second Team All-America by Lindyís
  Third best defensive tackle in nation by Lindyís
  11th best defensive tackle in nation by The Sporting
News
  Preseason Second-Team All-SEC

BEN NOWLAND
  Ranked one of top 12 centers in nation by The Sporting
News

DONTARRIOUS THOMAS
  Preseason Second Team All-America by The Sporting
News
  Ranked one of top three outside linebackers in nation by
Lindyís
  Butkus Award Watch List
  Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List

CARNELL WILLIAMS
  Ranked one of top 10 running backs in nation by The
Sporting News
  Ranked one of top 10 running backs in nation by Lindyís
  Preseason Doak Walker Candidate
  Preseason Second-Team All-SEC

TUBERVILLE ERA RECORDS
Jordan-Hare Stadium ..............................................15-5
Away ..........................................................................6-7
Neutral ......................................................................0-3
SEC........................................................................13-11
West ......................................................................8-7
East ......................................................................5-4
Non-conference ........................................................7-4
natural grass ..........................................................21-13
artificial turf ................................................................0-2
overtime games ........................................................2-1
day games................................................................11-9
night games ............................................................10-6
August........................................................................0-1
September ..............................................................10-2
October ......................................................................5-7
November ..................................................................5-2
December/January ....................................................0-4
TV Games..............................................................11-15
ABC ......................................................................0-2
CBS ......................................................................2-3
ESPN ....................................................................5-6
ESPN2 ..................................................................3-0
Jefferson Pilot........................................................1-4
AU scores first ........................................................16-3
Opponent scores first ..............................................5-12
Leading at Half ........................................................16-2
Trailing at Half..........................................................3-13
Tied at Half ................................................................2-0
Leading after Third ..................................................15-3
Trailing after Third....................................................4-12
Tied after Third ..........................................................2-0
Overtime Games........................................................2-1
Scoring less than 20 pts. ........................................2-14
Scoring 20+ points ..................................................19-1
Scoring 30+ points ..................................................10-0
Allowing less than 20 pts. ........................................11-3
Allowing 20+ points................................................10-12
Allowing 30+ points....................................................1-7
Rushing for less than 100 yds. ................................6-10
Rushing for over 100 yds.........................................16-5
Rushing for 200+ yds.................................................3-1
Passing for 200+ yds. ..............................................11-6
Passing for 300+ yds. ................................................3-1
Totalling less than 300 yds. ......................................5-9
300+ yds. of total offense ........................................16-6
400+ yds. of total offense ..........................................7-2
Allowing less than 100 yds. rushing ........................14-2
Allowing less than 300 yds. total off. ........................9-3
Allowing 300+ yds. total offense ............................12-12
Having 100-yd. rusher..............................................11-2
Opp. have 100-yd. rusher........................................4-10
AU outrushes opponent ..........................................17-5
AU is outrushed ......................................................4-10
AU outpasses opponent ..........................................11-6
AU is outpassed ........................................................9-9
Equal passing ............................................................1-0


NOTING TOMMY TUBERVILLE

  One win shy of tying Chet Wynne (1930-33) for seventh on Auburnís all-time victory list with 22.
  Four victories shy of 50 career wins as a head coach.
  Has guided Auburn to back-to-back SEC Western Division titles, including an outright title in 2000.
  Led Auburn to a 11-5 mark in the SEC since 2000, which is tops in the SEC
West and third overall in the league behind Florida (13-3) and Tennessee (12-4).
  Guided four of his last five teams to bowl games.
  Led Ole Miss to a winning record in three of four seasons despite playing with a severely reduced number of scholarships.
  Named the 1997 Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year.
  1997 American Football Quarterly magazine runner-up for Schutt Sports Coach of
the Year honor.
  In 16 years coaching at the Division I level, has been part of 14 winning seasons, including three national championships.
  Coached 39 players that have been drafted in the National Football League, including 10 at Auburn.
  Coached nine first-round NFL Draft picks, including the 1991 first overall pick, Russell Maryland.
  Five former players have played in the NFL Pro Bowl, including Jessie Armstead, Jerome Brown, Ray Lewis, Russell Maryland and Warren Sapp.
  Has 25 former players currently on NFL rosters.
  Is 11-2 in his career in games decided by three points or less and 19-10 in games decided by seven points or less.
  Has won 27 consecutive regular season games when scoring 20 points or more.
  Is 17-0 as a head coach in non-conference home games.
  Was part owner of a catfish restaurant, ďTubbyísĒ, in Tullahoma, Tenn. The restaurant featured his special fried catfish and hushpuppy recipe. One of the top dishes was the ďTubbyís Pond PlatterĒ which included fried catfish filets, chicken strips, frog legs and a glass of pond water (punch).

LONGEST TENURE AS SEC HEAD COACH
Coach                                                  Yrs.
Jackie Sherrill, Miss. State                    12
Phillip Fulmer, Tennessee                    10
Tommy Tuberville, Auburn/Ole Miss      8
Houston Nutt, Arkansas                        5
Lou Holtz, South Carolina                     4
David Cuttcliff, Ole Miss                        4
Nick Saban, LSU                                    3
Dennis Franchione, Alabama                 2
Guy Morriss, Kentucky                           2
Mark Richt, Georgia                               2
Bobby Johnson, Vanderbilt                    1
Ron Zook, Florida                                  1