Coach: Tommy Tuberville
21-15-0, 3 years
2001 Record: 7-5
at Syracuse LOST 14-31
at Vanderbilt WON 24-21
at Arkansas LOST 17-42
at Georgia WON 24-17
at Louisiana State LOST 14-27
North Carolina LOST 10-16

2001 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

Damon Duval is a supreme kicker and punter for Auburn. - (John Raoux/Orlando Sentinel)
2002 Outlook

The Tigers finished out last season with a dismal three-loss skid, culminating in a Peach Bowl lost to UNC. But deep in the pine forests of Alabama, a few cats have assembled with their sites set on making a run at the SEC West crown. Some of these cats can jam daddio. The bright young talent of running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams should pay large dividends in 2002 if he can maintain a clean bill of health after separating his collarbone against rival Bama last year. Settling in on a starting quarterback could be harder than you think. Either Cobb or Campbell needs to go. The rotating system might not be the best policy here. The defense wasn't necessarily the difference last fall, but it sure could be this upcoming season, as the front seven will keep Auburn in just about every game on the schedule. The Tigers are as decent as anyone scrapping for the wide-open division. The depth at linebacker is huge. Dontarrious Thomas is one of the best in the nation. The key to an improved 2002 campaign will be delegated to the QB/receiver department. The receiving corps is in shambles and has left coaches wondering. Relying on some incoming recruits has never been a championship caliber type of move, which may have to be the case at receiver this fall. Hopefully Auburn can make use of their solid tight ends more to compensate. Most of the inexperienced players should find out right off the bat with a Labor Day visit to sunny California and an opening date with the USC Trojans. Since we haven't mentioned possibly the best weapon in the SEC, the best gets saved for last. Damon Duval is a supreme kicker and punter for Auburn, garnishing awards for both duties. His numbers may have been a little off percentage wise on field goal attempts when compared to others leaders at his spot, but this kid seems to be working with a newly installed clutch every Saturday. Duval is good enough to win quite a few close calls against his SEC brothers. Deja vue.

Projected 2002 record: 9-4

QB - 3 DL - 4
RB - 4.5 LB - 4.5
WR - 2.5 DB - 4
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Jason Campbell, 89-142-4, 1117 Yards, 4 TD's

Rushing: Carnell Williams, 120 att., 614 yds., 6 TD's

Receiving: Robert Johnson, 17 rec., 225 yds., 3 TD's

Scoring: Damon Duval, 16 FG, 28 PAT, 76 pts.

Punting: Damon Duval, 51 punts, 44.0 avg.

Kicking: Damon Duval, 16-26 FG, 28-28 PAT, 76 pts.

Tackles: Dontarrious Thomas, 122 tot., 60 solo

Sacks: Reggie Torbor, 2.5 sacks

Interceptions: Karlos Dansby, 5 for 41 yards

Kickoff returns: Roderick Hood, 18 ret., 17.9 avg.

Punt returns: Joe Walkins, 15 ret., 11.1 avg.


OFFENSE: Tim Carter-WR, Kendall Simmons-OT, Hart McGarry-OG, Mike Pucillo-OG, Deandre Green-WR
DEFENSE: Javor Mills-DE, James Callier-DE, Tavarreus Pounds-MLB

By: Tommy Tuberville, Head Coach

"We'll have three quarterbacks, Jason Campbell, Daniel Cobb and Wesley Hill and all three will be in the rotation. All three will be learning basically a new offense from scratch. It's going to be a new learning experience for them. We're going to keep most of the terminology close to the same, so we'll have some carry-over from last season.
It's going to be extremely competitive between Daniel and Jason. They both have the ability to be good quarterbacks. Last spring was competitive and we saw a change almost every week in who was our number one quarterback. We'll start out with Jason number one and Daniel number two and we'll make adjustments as need be during spring practice."

Running Backs
"We're probably going to run a little more two-back sets than we have in the past next season. We're going to look at several areas including making sure that we have enough people playing fullback and tailback. Carnell Williams, Ronnie Brown and Casinious Moore will be our tailbacks. Ronnie may play a little fullback. But, we have Brandon Johnson, Michael Owens and we're going to move Victor to Horn to fullback. Victor will also play some tailback and Casinious will also play wide receiver. A few of the players will have dual responsibility. Again, we're just looking at the right combination. We feel good about our depth at running back."

Tight Ends
"Robert Johnson will be limited in some areas during spring practice after having surgery on his wrist following the bowl game. He should be close to full-speed. Lorenzo Diamond is playing his senior year and we're excited about what he brings to the team. He's got a lot of experience and will bring leadership to that position and to the offense. Jay Ratliff could possibly still play some tight end, but will also play defensive end. We want to look at him more on defense this spring. Cooper Wallace redshirted last year, but showed signs of being a good tight end. He's a physical, tough player and will have chance to play quite a bit.''

Wide Receiver
''We need to replace two of our top receivers from a year ago. Our numbers are a little low at the position which is why we signed four wide receivers. We're going to make some moves on who is at X and who is at Z. We'll look at different combinations. We do have some players coming back with good experience. Marcel Willis was hampered all year with an ankle injury, but should be back at full-speed. As a senior, he should be a leader of the group. We also have Jeris McIntyre who is healthy. Silas Daniels played last year as a true freshman. I think there are bright things in store for him. Joe Walkins had an average year and made some mistakes, but he is a play- maker. We didn't get the ball to him as much as we would have liked last season. Joe will improve with more experience.
We have three players, Todd Bradford, Andrew Letts and Larry Summers that redshirted and will be in the rotation this spring. Justin Fetsko is valuable as a holder and he will also give us some help at wide receiver. He knows every position."

Offensive Line
"We lost three players and it will be crucial for several players to gain experience this spring. We need to make sure we get them in the right position early. We don't have a lot of depth. We're going to look at several scenarios. We have Ben Nowland at center with Danny Lindsey behind him. We could also play Danny at a guard position. We're moving Monreko Crittenden from right tackle to right guard. Mark Pera will be the first-team right tackle. Both have played that position and both have experience. They need to play every play now instead of alternating. This will be a big spring for both of those players. At left guard, Nate French is the heir apparent. He needs to gain experience. He has good ability, he just needs to have a good spring practice. At left tackle, Ryan Broome has played sparingly. He played well in his role in the junior varsity game. He has the opportunity to be an excellent football player, but, he has a lot to learn playing the position. He only played one year of high school football. We have several redshirt freshmen that will also compete for time next season. Taylor Bourgeois will not go through spring practice after having shoulder surgery during the off-season. He will be a tackle for us next year. David Walker is listed behind Nate French at left guard. Steven Ross needs to gain some weight and he'll also play tackle. Spring will be an opportunity for us to see some of the things they can do after redshirting last year.
Rich Trucks gained valuable experience as a redshirt practicing with the varsity. We'll look at him and Steve Goula who played scout team this past season.''


Returning Starters in Bold
QB Jason Campbell-So Daniel Cobb-Sr
FB Michael Owens-Sr Brandon Johnson-Jr
TB Carnell Williams-So Ronnie Brown-So / Casinious Moore-Jr
WR Marcel Willis-Sr Todd Bradford-Fr
WR Silas Daniels-So Jeris McIntyre-Jr
TE Lorenzo Diamond-Sr Robert Johnson-Jr
OT Mark Pera-Jr Drew Kirk-Fr
OG David Walker-Fr Nate French-So
C Ben Nowland-Sr Danny Lindsey-So
OG Monreko Crittenden-Jr Ryan Hovkett-Sr
OT Ryan Broome-So Rich Trucks-So
K Damon Duval-Sr ..



By: Tommy Tuberville, Head Coach

Defensive Line
"We play a four-man rotation at both end and tackle. We lost three of our top four at defensive end. We feel great about Reggie Torbor coming back, but we're going to have to have some additional help at that position. We're moving Jay Ratliff there to see what he can do. We also have Bret Eddins and Steve Bouldin and we signed several players that we will need to contribute at defensive end in the fall.

At tackle, DeMarco McNeil will only be at about 70 percent during spring practice after having off-season surgery on his knee. Spencer Johnson will have minor knee surgery after spring practice, but will participate in drills. We have Dante Booker, who improved, but needs the repetitions in spring practice. We're eager to see what Wayne Dickens can do after redshirting last year. Dexter Murphy is a hard-nosed player and has improved. We could make some changes and move some other people to tackle during the spring."

"We've changed our terminology and a few things we'll do at linebacker. We have a lot of talent at the position, but they just need to learn the new system this spring.

"We lost one player, Tavarreus Pounds, at linebacker to graduation. We have a lot of good leaders returning at that position including Mark Brown playing the mike linebacker. We also have Mayo Sowell and Jake Slaughter behind him.

Karlos Dansby will play our strong side linebacker with Lemarcus Rowell behind him. Both players are extremely athletic and we expect a strong spring out of both of them.

At the other linebacker position, we have Dontarrious Thomas who had a great year last season and continues to improve.

We have several young players who we'll watch at the linebacker position this spring including Antarrious Williams, Travis Williams and Derrick Graves."

"We return our entire secondary from a year ago. They'll have to make a few adjustments and learn the new defense this spring.

One of the leaders on our team this spring and next year will be Rashaud Walker. He'll play strong safety along with Roshard Gilyard.

We have both of our free safeties returning in Stanford Simmons and Donnay Young. We're also going to look at Travaris Robinson at that position.

Last season, we had several young players gaining valuable experience at cornerback. Roderick Hood is a senior and he'll provide leadership to that group. Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen both saw a lot of time last year as freshmen at corner. Redshirt freshman Dee Durham and senior Horace Willis will also see time at corner this spring.

We have almost everybody back in the secondary and at linebacker. The thing we want to do this spring is to look at the younger guys and see what they can do. Spring practice will be dominated by the younger players in the secondary and at linebacker."


Returning Starters in Bold
DE Bret Eddins-So Jake Slaughter-Fr
NG DeMarco McNeil-Jr Wayne Dickens-Fr
DT Spencer Johnson-Jr Dexter Murphy-Jr
DE Reggie Torbor-Jr Steven Bouldin-Fr
SLB Karlos Dansby-Jr Travis Williams-Fr
MLB Mark Brown-Sr Lamarcus Rowell-Fr
WLB Dontarrious Thomas-Jr Antarrious Williams-Fr
CB Roderick Hood-Sr Rashaud Walker-Sr
CB Carlos Rogers-So Lamel Ages-So
SS Junior Rosegreen-So Roshard Gilyard-Jr
FS Travaris Robinson-Sr Donnay Young-So
P Damon Duval-Sr ..
The bright young talent of running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams should pay large dividends in 2002 if he can maintain a clean bill of health. - (AP Photo/David Johnston)