Auburn Football: Tigers' 2012 Season Gets Worse with Key Injuries Piling Up

Ian Berg@@ShugJordanPkwyCorrespondent IOctober 20, 2012

September 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Auburn Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (43) runs after a catch in the first half against the Clemson Tigers at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE
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Auburn is having a woeful season. Those woes continued Saturday with a loss to Vanderbilt, but the announcement of season-ending injuries postgame made it worse.

Star senior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and freshman right tackle Avery Young are now out for the season, multiple sources have reported:

Chizik says Lutz is out for the year. Same for Avery Young.

— Jay G. Tate (@JayGTate) October 20, 2012

Chizik says Avery Young is out for the year, so is Lutzenkirchen

— Joel A. Erickson (@JoelAEricksonAU) October 20, 2012


The Tigers looked for Lutzenkirchen’s leadership on offense consistently and missed his presence on the field in today’s loss. Young has been second string to fellow freshman Patrick Miller at right tackle for a few weeks, but he started the season at the position.

The Tigers continue their tumble to the bottom of the SEC with Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt, and personnel losses like these will continue to assist the fall. Auburn can’t seem to catch a break, and before long, the Tigers may be under new leadership.

Injuries are not the coaches' fault, but when they add to a lack of production that is already present, they help end contracts.

With no Lutzenkirchen or Young to finish the season, Auburn will struggle even more on offense.

Philip Lutzenkirchen will end his career with 59 catches for 628 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is the Auburn record holder for touchdown receptions for a tight end.

Vanderbilt 17, Auburn 13—Final