AUBURN, AL - The undefeated Auburn Tigers will take on the unranked Georgia Bulldogs this Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Auburn and Georgia meet in the Deep South's oldest rivalry, as the teams will meet for the 114th time. Both teams are coming off big victories, as Auburn beat Chattanooga 62-24 in its Homecoming game, while Georgia thumped Idaho State, 55-7.
CBS will air the game nationally at 2:30pm CT.
AUBURN (10-0, 6-0 SEC) vs. GEORGIA (5-5, 3-4 SEC)
Auburn leads, 53-52-8
at Auburn UGA leads, 14-9-2
at Athens AU leads, 18-11
Neutral sites UGA leads, 27-26-6
at Atlanta, GA AU leads, 5-4-3
at Columbus, GA UGA leads, 21-16-2
at Macon, GA Tied, 2-2
at Montgomery, AL AU leads, 2-0
at Savannah, GA AU leads, 1-0-1
UGA 31, AU 24 - Nov. 14, 2009 in Athens, GA
Current Streak - UGA, 4
Auburn 2 BCS/2 AP/2 USA Today/2 Harris
Georgia Not ranked
Auburn and Georgia meet Saturday in the Deep South's oldest rivalry, as the teams will meet for the 114th time. Both teams are coming off big victories, as Auburn beat Chattanooga 62-24 in its Homecoming game, while Georgia thumped Idaho State, 55-7.
* Auburn leads the all-time series with Georgia, 53-52-8, but Georgia has a 14-9-2 lead in games played in Auburn.
* Through 113 meetings, the two teams are separated by just 56 points
(Georgia: 1,778; Auburn: 1,722).
* The road team has won nine of the last 15 games in the series.
* Auburn is looking to complete just its second ever 8-0 home season (1988).
* Auburn is ranked No. 2 in the BCS standings after holding the No. 1 spot for the first time in school history two weeks ago.
* Auburn has its highest ranking in the Associated Press poll since a No. 2 ranking during the 2006 season.
* Auburn is the only team that has beaten four teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. LSU has beaten three, and no one else has beaten more than two.
* Auburn is ranked fourth nationally in rushing offense (307.2) and sixth in total offense (509.4) and scoring offense (42.2).
* Auburn is averaging 324.7 yards rushing against SEC opponents and has rushed for at least 300 yards against five straight SEC teams for the first time since available data began in 1967.
* Cam Newton leads the SEC and ranks 10th nationally (second among
quarterbacks) in rushing (114.6). He is the only player in the country with five 170-yard rushing games this season.
* Newton leads the nation with 35 TDs scored or passed for, which is more than 71 of the other 119 FBS schools have scored as a team this season.
* Michael Dyer ranks fourth nationally among freshmen in rushing (79.9), and needs just 31 yards to break Bo Jackson's Auburn freshman rushing record of 829 yards.
* Onterio McCalebb is averaging 9.27 yards per carry, which is best in the nation among rushers ranked in the top 100 in the country.
* Auburn's defense has held opponents to 15-of-60 (.250) on third-down conversion attempts in the second half and overtime this season.
* Nick Fairley leads the SEC and is third nationally in tackles for loss with 18.0, which is tied for fourth most in a season in school history (since 1981).
The Auburn-Georgia series has taken hospitality to a new level.
Auburn owns a winning record in Athens (18-11) while Georgia has a winning mark on the Plains (14-9-2). The Tigers have won 10 of their last 14 games at Sanford Stadium and Georgia has won on five of its last seven trips to Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Former Auburn coach Terry Bowden never beat Georgia in Auburn (0-1-1), but never lost to the Bulldogs in Athens (3-0). Tommy Tuberville had a better road record (3-2) than home record (2-3) against Georgia and Pat Dye had a better record in Athens (4-2) than he did against Georgia in Auburn (3-3).
Even legendary Georgia coach Vince Dooley (1964-88), an Auburn graduate, had better success against the Tigers in Auburn (7-5-1) than he did in Athens (4-8).
MORE AU-UGA SERIES NOTES
Through 113 meetings, Georgia has outscored Auburn by just 56 points (1,778-1,722) ... In games decided by three points or less, Auburn leads, 8-5-8 ... In games decided by seven points or less, Georgia leads, 23-19-8 ... Last year was the first time in 19 meetings and just the second time in 33 years that one or both schools were not ranked in the Associated Press poll when playing each other ... In the last 13 meetings between the two schools involving at least one ranked team, the lower ranked or unranked team has won seven times (UGA-1996, AU-1997, AU-1999, AU-2000, AU-2001, AU-2005, UGA-2006), with the higher ranked team winning just six (UGA-1998, UGA-2002, UGA-2003, AU-2004, UGA-2007, UGA-2008) ... Auburn has had more individual 150-yard rushing performances against Georgia (nine) than any other opponent.
World war has been the only thing strong enough to keep Auburn and Georgia from playing football. The two teams did not play in 1943, only because Auburn did not field a team due to World War II. The two teams did not play in 1917 and 1918 because of WWI. With those two exceptions, Auburn and Georgia have played continuously since 1898.
The Auburn-Georgia series (113 games) is older than the Georgia-Georgia Tech series (101 games) and the Auburn-Alabama series (74 games). Auburn and Georgia first played in 1892. They first played their intrastate rivals in 1893.
GEORGIA QUICK HITTERS
Georgia improved to 5-5 with a 55-7 victory over Idaho State last Saturday ... The Bulldogs have scored more than 30 points in five consecutive games for the first time in school history, and are 4-1 in those contests ... Georgia is averaging 42.8 points per game over its last five games ... The Bulldogs are 25th nationally in scoring offense (33.8) but 54th in total offense (394.6) ... In six games played, A.J.
Green is averaging 5.3 catches and 85.0 yards per game receiving with seven touchdown grabs ... Defensively, Georgia is 13th nationally in rushing defense (106.4) and 15th in total defense (305.5) ... Justin Houston leads the SEC with 9.0 sacks ... Brandon Boykin is the SEC leader in kickoff returns, averaging 28.6 ... The Bulldogs have perhaps the league's best pair of kickers, as Drew Butler is second in the league in punting (45.2) and Blair Walsh has made 17-of-20 field goals (.850).
* Auburn Football Operations Coordinator Scott Fountain started his college coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Florida State from 1994-96, while Georgia head coach Mark Richt was the offensive coordinator for the Seminoles. UGA tight ends coach John Lilly was also a G.A. coach at FSU in 1996 after serving as a videographer in 1995.
* Georgia assistant head coach/defensive line/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and UGA offensive line coach/running game coordinator Stacy Searels were teammates with Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker at Auburn. Garner and Rocker both played on the defensive line during the 1985-88 seasons, while Searels was an offensive lineman from 1984-87.
* Garner starred at nose guard at Auburn alongside Rocker, earning All-SEC honors as a senior while Rocker won the Lombardi and Outland Trophies. Garner also served in various capacities at Auburn (recruiting coordinator/tight ends coach/ assistant strength and conditioning coach) from 1990-95.
* Searels was a first-team All-American in 1987 and a two-time first-team All-SEC selection, before working as a G.A. coach at Auburn from 1992-93. He later coached with Rocker at Cincinnati in 2002, instructing the offensive line while Rocker coached the defensive line.
* Georgia associate head strength and conditioning coach Keith Gray was a strength and conditioning graduate assistant at Auburn from 1997-99.
A total of 20 players on the Auburn roster call the state of Georgia home. Auburn players from the Peach State are: OL Ed Christian (Valdosta), LB Jessel Curry (Buford), RB Mario Fannin (Hampton), OL Tunde Fariyike (Thomaston), WR Antonio Goodwin (Atlanta), OL Andre Harris (Lovejoy), DS Josh Harris (Carrollton), DS Forrest Hill (Morrow), OL Byron Isom (Jonesboro), WR Shaun Kitchens (College Park), TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (Marietta), WR Anderson Mack (Atlanta), DB Demetruce McNeal (College Park), DB Jonathon Mincy (Decatur), OL Brandon Mosley (Jefferson), QB Cam Newton (College Park), OL Andrew Parmer (Dalton), DB Aairon Savage (Albany), DB Neiko Thorpe (Tucker) and DT Jeffrey Whitaker (Warner Robins).
Of Auburn's major rivals whose games were once played at neutral sites, Georgia is the only school to come to Auburn without argument. In fact, both Auburn and Georgia used a home-and-home AU-UGA series as the base for major stadium additions.
Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia Tech all indicated they would drop Auburn rather than play at what was then known as Cliff Hare Stadium.
ON THIS DATE
Auburn has an all-time record of 7-7 in games played on Nov. 13 and has won three straight. Each of the last nine times Auburn has played on Nov. 13 has been in a game against Georgia, with the most recent coming in 2004. In addition to that 24-6 victory by the third-ranked Tigers over No. 8 Georgia, unranked Auburn knocked off No.
14 Georgia, 38-21, in 1999, and No. 7 Auburn moved to 10-0 in 1993 with a 42-28 win in Athens. Another big Auburn win came in 1971, when the No.
6 Tigers won at No. 7 Georgia, 35-20. Another unranked Auburn team beat another ranked Georgia team in 1954, with the Tigers beating the No. 20 Bulldogs, 35-0.
IN THE BCS AND POLLS
Auburn is currently ranked second in the BCS standings as well as in the Associated Press, USA Today and Harris Interactive polls. The Tigers continue to shine in the computer rankings used by the BCS, as five of the six computers have Auburn ranked No. 1, and the other has the Tigers No. 2. On Oct. 24 Auburn was ranked No. 1 in the BCS standing, marking the first time Auburn had ever been the BCS No.
1-ranked teams since the inception of the BCS in 1998. The Tigers also currently have matched their highest ranking in the AP poll since the
2006 season, when Auburn was ranked No. 2 for three weeks.
BEATING THE BEST
Auburn is the only team that has beaten four teams currently ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 (No. 5 LSU, No. 14 Arkansas, No.
17 Mississippi State, No. 22 South Carolina). LSU, whom Auburn beat on Oct. 23, has defeated three currently ranked teams, and no other ranked team has beaten more than two other teams currently ranked in the AP top 25.
10-0 START PUSHES WIN STREAK TO 11
Auburn's 10-0 start is just the fourth in school history.
Auburn previously started 10-0 in 2004, 1993 and 1957. All three of those teams finished with undefeated records. Auburn has also extended its winning streak to 11 games, which is the longest since Auburn won 15 in a row from 2003-04 and tied for the fifth longest in school history.
GOING FOR A PERFECT HOME SEASON
Auburn has a chance to win eight games in Jordan-Hare Stadium for just the second season in school history. The 1988 team went 8-0 at home en route to a 10-2 season and an SEC title. The Tigers' last undefeated season at home came in 2004 when Auburn went 7-0. The Tigers also went 7-0 in 2000, 1993 and 1989, and 6-0-1 in 1994. Entering this year, the Tigers have had 19 seasons that included at least four home games in which Auburn finished with a perfect home record.
PILING UP THE TOUCHDOWNS
Junior quarterback Cam Newton has accounted for 35 touchdowns this season, which is the most by any player in the nation. He has thrown for 19, rushed for 15 and caught one. Of the 119 other Football Bowl Subdivision schools, 71 of them (59.7 percent) have not scored 35 touchdowns this season as a team.
Newton's 35 TDs scored and passed for is the best in a single season in school history, smashing the old school record of 26 held by Pat Sullivan (1970).
ON PACE TO MAKE HISTORY
Cam Newton is only 110 passing yards away from becoming the first quarterback in SEC history to throw for 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards in a season - a feat accomplished by just seven quarterbacks in NCAA history entering this season, including just three from BCS conference schools. Newton currently has 1,890 yards passing and 1,146 yards rushing. QB
Cam Newton leads the SEC and ranks 10th nationally (second among
quarterbacks) in rushing, averaging 114.6 yards per game, and is second in the nation with 15 rushing touchdowns. He is the only player in the country with five games of 170+ rushing yards this season.
Newton's numbers are even better in SEC games, as he averages 149.0 yards per game and has 12 rushing touchdowns - both league bests.
He averages more yards rushing in SEC games than seven other entire SEC teams. Newton is the first player in school history to rush for three or more touchdowns in three consecutive SEC games, and the second player in school history to rush for three or more touchdowns in back-to-back games, joining Joe Cribbs (1979).
It took Newton just eight games to break the SEC's single-season rushing record by a quarterback, and he now has 1,146 yards. Newton is on pace to finish the regular season with 1,375 yards rushing, not including a bowl game and possible SEC Championship game appearance, smashing the previous SEC record of 1,006 yards by Auburn's Jimmy Sidle in 1963.
Newton, who has 335 more yards rushing than anyone else in the SEC, also has a chance to become the first quarterback to lead the SEC in rushing since Sidle in 1963.
FIVE OF THE TOP 51 (FORMERLY 50)
Cam Newton has only played 10 games at Auburn, but amazingly, he already owns five of the top 51 rushing performances in the history of a school known for its long line of stellar running backs. He had five of the top 50 until Michael Dyer rushed for 180 yards at Ole Miss, bumping Newton's fifth-best effort down one spot.
In his Auburn debut, Newton posted the second-highest rushing total ever for an Auburn quarterback, gaining 171 yards and two touchdowns against Arkansas State. He topped that against South Carolina, going for 176 yards and three scores, then went for 198 yards and four TDs at Kentucky, tying the school single-game record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback. He added 188 yards and three TDs against Arkansas before shredding LSU for a career-high 217 yards and two more scores.
Newton is the only player in school history to rush for 170 or more yards in four consecutive Southeastern Conference games, and no one else had done it more than twice in a row. Newton is also only the second player in school history to rush for 170 or more yards five times in a single season, joining Bo Jackson who accomplished the feat in 1985.
PICKING UP THE PACE
Cam Newton has excelled all season, but has really been on a tear in recent SEC games. In the last four conference games, he has rushed for 648 yards (162.0 ypg), including 603 yards during a three-game span (Kentucky, Arkansas, LSU). The last time an Auburn player rushed for 600 total yards over three consecutive games was in 1985, when Bo Jackson tallied 658 yards against Ole Miss (240), Florida State (176) and Georgia Tech (242). Newton's 603 yards are the most rushing yards ever by an Auburn player over a three-game span in SEC action. The previous best was Jackson's 570 rushing yards in 1983 against Florida (196), Georgia (118), and Alabama (256).
In his last five SEC games (three against ranked opponents), Newton has rushed for 824 yards (164.8 ypg) and 12 touchdowns while completing 67-of-96 passes (69.8 pct) for 803 yards, five TDs and 1 interception.
MORE THAN JUST A RUNNER
Cam Newton has not only excelled with his feet, but also throwing the ball. Newton ranks second nationally in passing efficiency (182.77) and became the first quarterback in school history to throw at least two touchdown passes in each of the first five games of a season. No other Auburn quarterback had done that in as many as the first three games.
Newton has accounted for five TDs in a game three times this season (vs. Arkansas State, South Carolina and Chattanooga) and was named SEC Offensive Player of the Week after the first two games, two of four such awards he has earned this year. In addition to his rushing and passing efficiency numbers, he leads the SEC and ranks 11th nationally in total offense (303.6), ranks sixth in the SEC in all-purpose yards (118.8), has caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown and even punted once for 22 yards.
OFFENSE KEEPS ROLLING
Auburn's offense continues to shine under second-year offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, as the Tigers rank fourth nationally in rushing offense (307.2) and sixth in total offense (509.4) and scoring offense (42.2). Auburn is on pace to break the school single-season records for scoring per game (38.5 - 1995) and total offense per game (485.0 - 1970) and currently has the second-best rushing yards per game average in school history (312.5 - 1985).
Auburn has scored at least 50 points in five different games this season, which is the most in one season in school history.
In 23 games under Malzahn, Auburn has totaled at least 500 yards of offense 10 times, including six this season. Prior to Malzahn's arrival, Auburn hadn't had a single 500-yard game since the 2005 Georgia game - a streak of 40 games.
DOMINANT GROUND GAME
Auburn's running game has been dominant this season, as the Tigers easily lead the SEC with their average of 307.2 yards per game -
85.6 yards per game more than second-place Ole Miss. Auburn has three of the top 13 rushers in the SEC, led by junior quarterback Cam Newton, who averages a league-best 114.6 yards per game on the ground. Freshman Michael Dyer is seventh in the SEC averaging 79.9 yards per game, while sophomore Onterio McCalebb (61.2 ypg) is 13th.
Auburn is averaging 6.6 yards per carry, which would be the second-best average over the course of a season in SEC history, trailing only LSU's average of 6.8 in 1945.
The Tigers have a chance to become the first SEC team since the
1985 Auburn squad to average more than 300 yards rushing per game in a season. The 2007 Arkansas squad came closest in the last 25 years, averaging 286.5 yards per game.
In 23 games under Gus Malzahn Auburn has now rushed for at least 300 yards nine times. Prior to Malzahn's arrival, Auburn had just four 300-yard rushing games in the previous six seasons combined (76 games).
FEASTING ON SEC DEFENSES
Auburn has put up amazing rushing numbers against the tough defenses of the SEC. The Tigers are averaging a whopping 324.7 yards per game on the ground against SEC opponents, which leads the league by 130.2 yards per game over runner-up LSU (194.5). Auburn could rush for zero yards in its last two SEC games, and LSU would still have to average 390.5 yards per game over its last two conference games just to catch Auburn.
Auburn rushed for 440 yards against an LSU defense that ranked sixth nationally in rushing defense (83.6), marking the most yards rushing by Auburn against an SEC opponent in school history. The Tigers have put up more than 300 yards rushing against five straight SEC opponents, as Auburn had 334 yards against South Carolina, 311 yards at Kentucky, 330 yards against Arkansas and 343 against Ole Miss.
Since available data from 1967, Auburn had never before rushed for at least 300 yards in even three straight SEC games, let alone five.
STOPPING THE RUN
Auburn's defense has shown drastic improvement against the run this season. After allowing 169.8 through the first 10 games last season, Auburn ranks third in the SEC and 18th nationally this season, allowing just 114.6 yards rushing per game this year. One key has been limiting big plays, as the Tigers have allowed only two running plays of more than 26 yards all season.
SECOND HALF DEFENSE
Auburn's defense has stepped up in the second half of games this season. The Tigers have surrendered just 101 points in the second half and overtime this year (10.1 ppg), including just 45 in the fourth quarter and overtime. Auburn opponents have converted on 48.0 percent (36-of-75) of third down plays in the first half, but just 25.0 percent (15-of-60) after intermission. Auburn forced turnovers on all four of South Carolina's fourth-quarter possessions Sept. 25 and three straight fourth-quarter drives by Arkansas Oct. 16.
Auburn has forced 14 turnovers in the last seven games, and eight of the 14 turnovers came in the fourth quarter, resulting in 42 Auburn fourth-quarter points.
In the first three games of the season, Auburn was -4 in turnover ratio (2 forced/6 giveaways), while in the last seven games, Auburn is +8 in turnover ratio (14 forced/6 giveaways).
Nick Fairley has emerged as a force at defensive tackle for Auburn, leading the SEC in tackles for loss with 18.0, which is third most in the nation, and ranking second in the league in sacks with 7.5.
He had at least one tackle for loss in every game this season until playing limited snaps vs. Chattanooga, including four games with at least 2.5 tackles for loss.
Fairley was named SEC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance at Mississippi State, where he totaled five tackles including 2.5 for losses and 1.5 sacks, an interception, a fumble recovery and three quarterback hurries. He has been named the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week three times since, making him the first Auburn defensive player ever to earn four weekly SEC awards in one season.
Fairley's 18.0 tackles for loss are the most by an Auburn player since Antonio Coleman had 18.5 in 2007 and tied for fourth most by a Tiger with his defensive line coach, Tracy Rocker, since tackles for loss began being charted in 1981. (Note: Prior to 2000, sacks and tackles for loss were kept as separate statistics.
BEHIND ENEMY LINES
Auburn's defense has been able to get into the opposition's backfield at will, as the Tigers are 24th nationally in tackles for loss, averaging 6.9 per game. Individually, Nick Fairley leads the league and is fourth in the nation averaging 1.8 tackles for loss including 7.5 sacks, while Antoine Carter has 8.0 tackles for loss and Zach Clayton has 7.0. Nineteen different players have recorded tackles for losses this season for Auburn, including 11 players with at least two.
THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Of Auburn's 66 scoring drives in regulation this season, 30 have taken less than two minutes off the clock, while 11 have taken more than four minutes. Twenty-four used just four plays or fewer, while 17 others have used nine plays or more. Auburn has had four scoring drives of 90 yards or more this season.
Auburn held the ball for the final 7:22 of the game against Kentucky, driving 86 yards on 19 plays before Wes Byrum kicked a game-winning 24-yard field goal as time expired. The 19-play drive tied for the second longest in school history, just missing the school record of 20 plays set at West Virginia in 2008.
CHIZIK ERA IN SECOND YEAR
Head coach Gene Chizik is in his second year at the helm of the Auburn program, after recording the second-most wins by a first-year coach in Auburn history last season. He also became the first Auburn head coach to take his team to a bowl game in his initial season, leading the Tigers to a 38-35 overtime victory over Northwestern in the Outback Bowl. Chizik also became just the third coach in Auburn history to win his first five games as head coach, and became just the third SEC coach since the league expanded in 1992 to start 5-0.
STAFF REMAINS INTACT
Auburn achieved a rare feat by keeping its entire coaching staff from last season, making Auburn the only school in the SEC to return its head coach and every full-time assistant coach. The last time Auburn returned its entire coaching staff was when the 2006 staff returned intact in 2007.
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW
The players on Auburn's roster ranged in age from 17 to 23 when the season opened. The oldest Tiger, sixth-year senior Aairon Savage (DOB 12/29/86) was 23 years, eight months and six days old on the date of the season opener. The youngest player is freshman Jonathon Mincy (DOB 9/5/92), who celebrated his 18th birthday the day after the Arkansas State game.
YOUNG GUNS GET FIRST ACTION
Auburn has played 17 true freshmen this season, including 12 who played in the season opener, which was tied for second behind Florida (15) for the most true freshmen played by any team in the country. The true freshmen who have played included: DL Kenneth Carter, P Steven Clark, LB Jessel Curry, DB Chris Davis, RB Michael Dyer, WR Antonio Goodwin, LB Jake Holland, WR Shaun Kitchens, DE Corey Lemonier, DB Demetruce McNeal, K Cody Parkey, WR Trovon Reed, DE Craig Sanders, DB Ryan Smith, DB Jordan Spriggs, DL Jeffrey Whitaker and DB Ryan White.
THIRD STRAIGHT NEW OPENING DAY QB
Junior college transfer Cam Newton became Auburn's third opening-day starter in as many seasons, but he is no stranger to the SEC. Newton played at Florida as a true freshman in 2007, rushing 16 times for 103 yards and three touchdowns, and also played in the 2008 opener before redshirting. He spent the 2009 season at Blinn (Texas) College, helping the team to the 2009 NJCAA national championship by passing for 2,833 yards and 22 scores while also rushing for 655 yards and 16 TDs, making him the No. 1-ranked junior college prospect in the country according to Rivals.com.
Auburn is 216-168-21 (.559) all-time in the month of November. The Tigers are 12-7 in their last 19 games in November, but just 3-5 in the last two Novembers.
Now celebrating its 71st year as home to the Auburn football team, Jordan-Hare Stadium is the nation's 10th-largest on-campus stadium, with a capacity of 87,451 fans. The Tigers, who have averaged more than 80,000 fans during each of the past 17 seasons, are 277-69-7
(.795) all-time at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Auburn has clinched its 11th straight winning season at Jordan-Hare Stadium, posting a mark of 63-15 (.808) at home since the 2000 season. The Tigers were undefeated at home during two of those seasons, going 7-0 in both 2000 and 2004.
UNDER THE LIGHTS AT JORDAN-HARE
Auburn has been tough to beat in night games at Jordan-Hare Stadium, accumulating a record of 22-4 (.846) since the 2000 season in home games starting at 6 p.m. or later, including a 3-0 mark this year.
That stretch includes a 5-1 record against nationally-ranked opponents, with wins over No. 1 Florida in 2001, No. 2 Florida in 2006, No. 7 Tennessee in 2003, No. 12 South Carolina this season and No. 14 Georgia in 2000.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Below is a comparison of the size of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton and other notable Auburn quarterbacks over the past 40 years (senior year in parentheses).
Cam Newton 6-6 250
Chris Todd (2009) 6-4 210
Brandon Cox (2007) 6-2 207
Jason Campbell (2004) 6-5 228
Ben Leard (2000) 6-4 225
Dameyune Craig (1997) 6-1 200
Patrick Nix (1995) 6-2 199
Stan White (1993) 6-3 202
Reggie Slack (1989) 6-2 211
Jeff Burger (1987) 6-0 211
Pat Washington (1985) 6-2 199
Randy Cambpell (1983) 6-0 170
Charlie Trotman (1979) 5-11 174
Phil Gargis (1976) 6-0 187
Pat Sullivan (1971) 6-0 190
Auburn began the season with 11 graduates on its roster, which is second most among all FBS schools.
The Tiger graduates include: OL Mike Berry (Public Administration), DT Mike Blanc (Public Administration), DT Zach Clayton (Finance), S Zac Etheridge (Public Administration), RB Mario Fannin (Public Administration), DE Michael Goggans (Public Administration), OL Byron Isom (Public Administration), S Aairon Savage (Education/Master's in Exercise Science), P Ryan Shoemaker (Exercise Science), LB Craig Stevens (Business Management) and WR Terrell Zachery (Public Administration).
Listed are the top 10 FBS programs in the nation in terms of number of players who have completed their bachelor's degrees prior to the start of the 2010 season.
1. Boston College 14
2. Auburn 11
3. Tennessee 9
4. Kansas State 8
Virginia Tech 8
7. Memphis 7
Texas A&M 7
30+ POINTS EQUALS VICTORY
Auburn has won 63 consecutive games when scoring 30 or more points. The last time the Tigers lost when registering at least 30 points was a 56-49, four overtime loss to Georgia in 1996. In its history, Auburn is now 282-4 all-time when scoring at least 30 points.
WHEN SCORING 20+ POINTS
Since the 2000 season, Auburn is 88-11 (.889) when scoring 20 or more points in a game. Dating back to the start of the 1993 season, Auburn is 131-18-1 (.877) when scoring 20 or more points in a game.
Auburn has demonstrated a proficiency for placing players in the National Football League. There were 27 former Auburn Tigers listed on NFL rosters on opening day, which was tied for 12th most from any school in the nation. Four NFL teams have three former Tigers on the roster, including the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Tennessee Titans. Twenty-two of the 32 teams have at least one former Auburn player on the roster.
AUBURN BY THE NUMBERS
The Tigers return 48 lettermen from last season, including 24 on offense, 22 on defense and two specialists. Auburn returns seven starters on offense and eight on defense.
Auburn's current roster of 112 players includes 24 seniors, 24 juniors, 22 sophomores, seven redshirt freshmen and 35 freshmen. The underclassmen (64) represent 57.5 percent of the Tigers' roster.