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WOW Headlines – 1/15/13

Tuesday Night SEC Basketball
Kentucky 75, Tennessee 65
Ole Miss 89, Vanderbilt 79 (OT)
Tennessee’s 31-person staff of football new coaches and support personnel will make $7.51 million next year
Former Tennessee safeties coach Josh Conklin will be the new defensive coordinator at Florida International
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen says new defensive coordinator Geoff Collins will be more aggressive with blitzes
Former Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will reportedly take over the same job at Virginia Tech
Tennessee RB Quenshaun Watson is not expected to return, leaving the Vols with 66 scholarship players
Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith is eager for the NCAA to finish their investigation into his old Miami program
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Lutzenkirchen Ready To Show What He Can Do At Auburn

Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has gained a reputation for being a pretty good football player for Auburn the past three seasons.  But that’s mainly been because of his blocking and his red zone production.  Now he thinks he’s ready to show even more of his talents thanks to the arrival of new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

Out goes Gus Malzahn’s spread attack and in comes Loeffler’s more traditional, balanced scheme.  The senior believes he’ll have more opportunities as a receiver in the Tigers’ new system:

 

“I haven’t been able to show what I can do in that standpoint over the past three years.  I’ve had success in the previous offense, and we won a national championship in it.  But selfishly, I’m kind of excited for this season to kind of put together the whole package of what a tight end does and really show what I can do.”

 

Tight ends coach Jay Boulware told The Opelika-Auburn News that he, too, expects Lutzenkirchen to “be more versatile” in 2012.  “This is more of a pro-style offense.  Lutz’s role is more along the lines of what most tight ends in the NFL have to do now.  They have to be both — he has to be a fullback, he has to be a tight end, he has to be a backside tight end, he has to be a wideout.”

The tight end said that he’s already running deeper routes than he did under Malzahn’s leadership.  And to underscore Lutzenkirchen’s point, one only needs to look at his stats from the previous three seasons combined: 44 catches for 489 yards.  He has served as a red zone target, though, hauling in 14 touchdowns over that same span.

Key for Lutzenkirchen’s production, however, will be the play of Auburn’s quarterback.  As of yet, the Tigers haven’t named a starter and coaches are already limiting the number of throws Clint Moseley makes in practice because of a sore arm.  If the Tigers can’t find someone talented, smart, and healthy to run Loeffler’s offense, it might not matter what kind of routes Lutzenkirchen is running.

Update from Auburn: Coach Gene Chizik has named sophomore Kiehl Frazier the starting quarterback.

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SEC Headlines – 4/11/12 Part One

1.  Anthony Grant opens up about the comings and goings from Alabama’s roster.

2.  Jaison Fowler is adding toughness to Bama’s running game this spring.

3.  Great story: Shon Coleman’s Auburn teammates cheered when the cancer survivor practiced for the first time yesterday.

4.  Auburn’s receivers are learning a new game under new O-coordinator Scot Loeffler.

5.  Best headline of the day: Bobby Petrino says he’s sorry, and Arkansas agrees by firing him.

6.  Petrino — as noted earlier today — can seek a review of his dismissal.

7.  Hog quarterback Tyler Wilson isn’t planning on heading to the NFL’s supplemental draft despite Arkansas’ troubles.

8.  New LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger passed a big test this spring.

9.  With Trent Johnson leaving, Tiger basketballer Johnny O’Bryant says, “Everything’s kind of up in the air right now.”

10.  Mississippi State is shaking up it’s O-line.

11.  And another one gone and another one gone… MSU hoops signee Josh Gray has been given a release.  “I committed to Coach Stansbury,” he said.

12.  Randall Mackey is moving to receiver at Ole Miss with Barry Brunetti and Bo Wallace left to duke it out for the starting quarterback job.

13.  New coach Hugh Freeze says his team is facing several issues on the academics front.

14.  The cost of Freeze’s first staff is less than Houston Nutt’s last staff.

15.  Maybe that money will go to Andy Kennedy who just got a one-year extension from new AD Ross Bjork.

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Massive FB Phillips Leaves Auburn

Running back Ladarious Phillips arrived on Auburn’s campus at a whopping 291 pounds in 2010.  He was expected to drop some of that excess weight, but that didn’t happen.  And now AU’s dropping him.

Phillips — who was expected to be a fullback for the Tigers this fall — is walking away.  “He will not be on our football team and we’re going to with him well,” Gene Chizik said yesterday.  “He’s decided he’s not going to play.”  At Auburn, that is.  He’s been granted a full release to transfer to any school of his choice.

Jay Prosch — an All-America transfer from Illinois — is slated to be Auburn’s starting fullback in Scot Loeffler’s new offense.

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