Auburn Football: Ranking Which Tigers Must Become Big-Time Leaders in 2012

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Auburn Football: Ranking Which Tigers Must Become Big-Time Leaders in 2012
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Right now is the most crucial period for the Auburn Tigers as they develop their team for 2012. It is the summer workout period—the coaches are the players. Names like Emory Blake and Philip Lutzenkirchen are expected to be leaders, but there are eight others that must become big time leaders for the Tigers to succeed in the 2012 season.

Auburn has leaned on the youth excuse for some of last season’s woes—which is a partially viable argument—but there was also a lot of problems with communication and visible leadership for the Tigers on the field.

The team looked scattered at times during play, with no real on-field general making the tough transitions that offenses would make against the Auburn defense. Conversely, the Tigers offense had an injured Emory Blake disappear for much of mid-season, and no clear-cut answer at quarterback to provide on-field stability.

Auburn doesn’t lack talent heading into 2012—they lack proven leadership. If these eight players rise and perform on and off the field this summer, Auburn will be a nasty foe and SEC contender by September 1. 

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