Auburn Tigers 2010-2011 Season Preview

2009 Total Offense Rank (yards per game): 16
2009 Total Defense Rank (yards per game): 68

Gene Chizik and his crew have some work ahead of them, but at least they all know each other. The Auburn Tigers coaching staff is the only one in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) that returns every member from a year ago. They look to build on an 8 win season, including an Outback bowl win over Northwestern.

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Two significant contributors to the Tigers will be missing this year in quarterback Chris Todd and running back Ben Tate. Tate, a second round pick in the 2010 NFL draft, rushed for over 1,400 yards last season.

On the bright side, it seems as though Auburn may have their replacements all set. Sophmore Onterrio McCalebb had more than 600 yards rushing last year and should be able to fill in nicely for Tate.

Under center is a little more up for grabs, but it appears junior college transfer Cameron Newton will win the job. A former Florida gator before off the field issues got him kicked off the team; he led his team to a junior college national championship in 2009.

Both of these new starters will be greatly aided by a strong offensive line. Starting four seniors, the line should be the strength of the team and give Newton and McCalebb time to step in to their starting roles.

Auburn’s defense needed a major upgrade after a poor showing last year and the loss of its best players to the NFL. Defensive back Walter McFadden had six interceptions in 2009 to lead his team, and Antonio Coleman led the SEC with 10 sacks.

The Auburn Tigers do have some hope though, with a very strong recruiting class stepping in. The Tigers class was ranked 9th in the nation by ESPN recruiting. In all, the Tigers added 32 scholarship athletes which should provide much needed depth to the linebacking corps.

The 2010 Tigers look like a solid team that is poised to make a run in the SEC. Questions at quarterback and on defense will have to be answered, but look for the Tigers to again have a winning record in 2010.

Auburn’s odds to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC): +500

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