BCS National Championship: Analyzing Auburn Youth Movement in Glendale & Beyond

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BCS National Championship: Analyzing Auburn Youth Movement in Glendale & Beyond
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The Auburn Tigers have accomplished more than was expected this year, and possibly the Oregon Ducks as well. While some predicted the Ducks to win the Pac-10, most believed the Rose Bowl would be their final destination.

With preseason favorite Alabama headed to the Capitol One Bowl, the season has been a surprise to some.

The Auburn football team started this season as a work in progress with a tremendous amount of potential. What most figured to be a very favorable schedule actually ended up being one of the most difficult in the nation.

The Tigers have not peaked and have improved every week this year. Five weeks of bowl preparation is a huge asset for this young team.

While some would question the label of Auburn being a young team, they have not looked at the internal workings of the team. Freshmen and sophomores have played a very important role in this year’s team. Following is a list of freshmen and sophomores that have contributed substantially on game days.  

Player Biography

Class

Statistics

5

Freshman

Michael Dyer

94

Red Shirt Freshman

Nosa Eguae

11

Freshman

Chris Davis

12

Freshman

Demetruce McNeal

54

Freshman

Jeffrey Whitaker

55

Freshman

Corey Lemonier

55

Freshman

Corey Lemonier

5

Freshman

Jake Holland

63

Red Shirt Freshman

Blake Burgess

92

Freshman

Kenneth Carter

30

Freshman

Steven Clark

33

Freshman

Jessel Curry

58

Red Shirt Freshman

Harris Gaston

6

Freshman

Antonio Goodwin

4

Freshman

Shaun Kitchens

13

Freshman

Craig Sanders

23

Sophomore

Onterio McCalebb

80

Sophomore

Emory Blake

22

Sophomore

T'Sharvan Bell

25

Sophomore

Daren Bates

43

Sophomore

Philip Lutzenkirchen

95

Sophomore

Dee Ford

16

Sophomore

Ikeem Means

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35

Sophomore

Jonathan Evans

71

Sophomore

John Sullen

74

Sophomore

Jamar Travis

It was the contribution of these players that allowed Auburn to become a second half team. These young players were thrown into the fire to allow the more physically mature upperclassmen to get the rest they needed to stay fresh for the entire game, no matter how many snaps were played. These players have made a difference this year. 

These are the players Auburn fans can expect the most benefit and improvement from in the extra six weeks of practice leading up the showdown in Glendale Arizona. Improvements in the play of these young players might make the difference. 

Most of these young men were recruited by the current staff. There have been few disappointments in the two classes recruited by Gene Chizik so far. This is one area where there is no doubt the program has improved dramatically.  

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