Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has told his coaches that he will be back for his senior year while fellow junior, running back Onterio McCalebb, told the coaching staff he has yet to make a decision on his status.
On Sunday night Lutzenkirchen said, "I'm excited to be coming back to Auburn for my senior season and help us work towards our goal we set every year, which is playing in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta," Lutzenkirchen said. "It was an easy decision to make and finishing 2011 with a win in the Chick-fil-A Bowl will be huge in helping us prepare for 2012."
Lutzenkirchen has been a key performer for the Tigers for three seasons as has McCalebb, who originally signed with Auburn in 2008, but spent a season in prep school prior to arriving at AU for the 2009 season.
Lutzenkirchen, who is six-foot-six, 250 pounds out of Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga., led the Tigers in touchdown receptions this past season with seven and caught 24 balls for 238 yards.
For his career Lutzenkirchen has 44 catches with 14 going for touchdowns, the most in school history for a tight end.
"We're looking forward to Philip returning for his senior season," Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said. "The success he's had at Auburn will help provide great leadership for our team in 2012."
McCalebb was Auburn's second-leading rusher with 641 yards on 112 carries. He averaged 5.7 yards per rush and scored five rushing touchdowns.
Onterio McCalebb breaks away for big yardage vs. Virginia.
Named Offensive Most Valuable Player of Auburn's 43-24 Chick-fil-A Bowl victory over Virginia, McCalebb rushed for 109 yards vs. the Cavaliers and caught two passes for 53 yards and one touchdown.
For the season McCalebb caught 32 passes for 344 yards and two scores.
McCalebb has rushed for 2,014 yards in college. The former Fort Meade, Fla., High star is 14th in Auburn history in career rushing yardage.