Auburn Is Developing a Powerful Rushing Offense for the 2012 Season

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJuly 19, 2012

AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 10:  Running back Tre Mason #21 of the Auburn Tigers during a kick return in the first half on September 10, 2011 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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Traditionally, Auburn is a run first team on offense. This has been the case every year for the last decade and will likely be the case for 2012. For any good rushing offense to work well, there must be good blocking.

Blocking starts with the big guys up front. There are five primary offensive positions on the line and depth is just as important at these positions as it is for the defensive line.

The offensive line is one area pundits point out as a weakness for the 2012 Auburn team. Three starters return for Auburn with two more positions that must be filled by new faces.

While replacing two starters is not so bad, replacing the majority of the depth in this unit with freshmen could prove problematic.

Following is not an official depth chart, and is in no particular order past the projected starter.


Offensive Tackle

Greg Robinson 6’5” 315 pounds, RS freshman, former top 10 offensive tackle and offensive guard recruit.

Jordan Diamond 6’6” 315 pounds, freshman, former top 10 offensive tackle recruit.

Shon Coleman 6’6” 292 pounds, RS freshman, former top 10 offensive tackle recruit.

Avery Young 6’6” 292 pounds, freshman, former top 10 offensive tackle recruit.

Shane Callahan 6’6” 280 pounds, freshman, former top 20 offensive tackle recruit.

Patrick Miller 6’7” 295 pounds, freshman, former top 30 offensive tackle recruit.

Will Adams 6’7” 280 pounds, freshman, former top 100 offensive tackle recruit.

Robert Leff 6’6” 270 pounds, freshman, former top 100 offensive tackle recruit.

Greg Robinson is the projected starting left tackle. The remainder of these players will likely have a fierce competition to fill the two depth chart positions behind Robinson along with the three depth chart positions at right tackle. With eight very talented players and only six positions to fill, it is likely that some of these players might have a red shirt year in their future to work on development. Other players might be able to develop as guards.   


Offensive Guard

John Sullen 6’5” 336 pounds, senior, a veteran in the trenches started at right guard for most of the 2011 season. Sullen has also accumulated considerable experience at right tackle.

Eric Mack 6’3” 325 pounds, RS sophomore played in five games in 2011.

Chad Slade 6’5” 315 pounds, RS sophomore, started at left guard in 2011.

Christian Westerman 6’3” 298 pounds, RS freshman, former number one offensive guard recruit nationally.

Alex Kozan 6’4” 295 pounds, freshman, former top 20 offensive guard recruit.

Tunde Fariyike 6’2” 290 pounds, RS sophomore, has gained experience mostly on special teams.


Reese Dismukes 6’3” 295 pounds, sophomore, is on the Remington watch list for 2012.

Tunde Fariyike 6’2” 290 pounds, RS sophomore, has gained experience mostly on special teams.  

One of the more overlooked and underrated positions in most rushing offenses is the tight end. Auburn will likely be utilizing this position more often in the 2012 season. While the depth chart only list three viable options, Auburn could use more—they go seven deep at this position.   


Tight End

Philip Lutzenkirchen 6’5” 250 pounds, senior, on several preseason watch list for awards.

Brandon Fulse 6’4” 240 pounds, sophomore, played in every game during 2011.

C.J. Uzomah 6’4” 250 pounds, sophomore, played in every game during 2011.

Blake Burgess 6’3” 255 pounds, junior, converted to tight end from center for 2012.

Patrick Young 6’4” 218 pounds, RS freshman.

Darrion Hutcherson 6’7” 250 pounds, freshman, former number 20 tight end recruit nationally.

Ricky Parks 6’4” 235 pounds, freshman, former No. 2 tight end recruit nationally.

A true fullback position is a part of the Scot Loeffler offense at Auburn this season. Auburn has one of the best in the nation to fill this position. 


Full Back

Jay Prosh 6’0” 253 pounds, junior, former All American pick at Illinois transferred to Auburn.

With any good rushing offense, a mobile quarterback that is a threat to run presents another headache for opposition defenses to prepare for. A mobile quarterback that can evade the rush can be a huge help for an inexperienced offensive line.   



Kiehl Frazier 6’2” 225 pounds, sophomore, played in every game during the 2011 season.

Jonathan Wallace 6’2” 205 pounds, freshman, is a very mobile threat in the backfield.

Clint Moseley 6’4” 223 pounds, junior, played in 10 games in 2011 started the last six games of the season.

The Auburn rushing offense will be diverse for 2012. There will be traditional between the tackle plays, jet sweeps to the outside, various option plays and a lot more dump passes to the running backs than in recent seasons. 


Running Back

Onterio McCalebb 5’11” 174 pounds, senior, is one of the more dangerous scat backs in the country. He has accumulated 3,341 all purpose yards and 22 touchdowns at Auburn in his first three seasons.

Tre Mason 5’10” 205 pounds, sophomore, accumulated 794 all purpose yards and one touchdown in 2011, former No. 14 running back recruit nationally.

Corey Grant 5’11” 205 pounds, transfer RS sophomore, former No. 5 running back recruit nationally.

Mike Blakely 5’9” 210 pounds, RS freshman, former No. 6 running back recruit nationally.

Jovon Robinson 6’1” 220 pounds, freshman, former No. 10 running back recruit nationally. 


Offensive Coordinator

Scot Loeffler came to Auburn from his first offensive coordinator job of his 14-year coaching career at Temple. In 2011, he took over a Temple team that lacked the talent to field a strong passing offense (considered to be his strong suit as a coach). He promptly developed a strong rushing offense that averaged 256 yards rushing per game in 2011.

Temple finished the 2011 season winning four games and rushing for 218 yards vs. Miami of Ohio, 335 yards vs. Army, 202 yards vs. Kent State and 255 yards vs. Wyoming.