5 Tigers On Coaches All-SEC Football Teams

Three seniors and two juniors are on the preseason all-league teams selected by SEC football coaches while another Auburn senior is a surprise omission from the teams.

Auburn, Ala.--Five Auburn players have been selected to the 2012 preseason All-SEC teams chosen by the league's football coaches.

Senior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen and junior defensive end Cory Lemonier are first team picks.

Corey Lemonier gives the Tigers an outstanding speed rusher.

Senior wide receiver Emory Blake and junior punter Steven Clark have been chosen for the second team.

Outside linebacker Daren Bates is a third team selection.

Lemonier, who is 6-4, 250, was named Auburn's Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. He led the Tigers in sacks with 9 1/2 and finished the year 28 solo tackles, 19 assists and 15 quarterback hurries.

Also a key contributor as a true freshman during Auburn's 2010 undefeated season, the former high school All-American from Hialeah, Fla., High earned first team All-SEC status as a sophomore.

Lutzenkirchen has been a major contributor the past three years. He caught 24 passes for 238 yards and seven touchdowns last season despite playing with a shoulder injury. He had surgery to repair that problem after the season and missed spring training, but is expected to be ready for action when practice resumes in August.

Lutzenkirchen, a second team All-SEC pick last season, holds the Auburn record for touchdown catches by a tight end with 14. The senior is from Lassiter High in Marietta, Ga.

Blake, who is 6-2, 197 out of Stephen F. Austin High in Austin, Tex., led the Tigers in receiving as a junior. He caught 36 passes for 613 yards and five touchdowns despite being at less than full speed for much of the season due to injuries.

Blake said he is looking to substantially increase his production as a senior.

Healthy now and coming off a strong performance in the spring, Blake caught 33 passes for 554 yards and a team-best eight touchdowns during Auburn's run to the 2010 national championship.

Clark was a finalist last season as a sophomore for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented to college football's top punter. He averaged 40.8 yards on 72 punts last season and opponents were only able to return 10 for a total of 62 yards.

Clark is looking to improve his average per punt as a junior. He has a strong leg that helps him get excellent hang time.

Clark, who is 6-5, 235 pounds from Park Hill High in Kansas City, Mo., put 33 punts inside the opposition's 20-yard line and had just three touchbacks.

Bates led the Tigers in tackles last season and is the only returning player on the defense who has started the previous three seasons. In 2009 he earned All-SEC Freshman honors at safety. The past two years he has played linebacker.

Auburn's coaches are counting on Bates to have a big senior season.

As a junior the former Olive Branch, Miss., High standout was in on 104 tackles with 59 solo stops. He made nine tackles for losses including 2 1/2 sacks. He deflected three passes and recovered a fumble.

Noticeably missing from the team was senior running back Onterio McCalebb, who heads into the season ranked 15th in Auburn history in rushing yards with 2,016. McCalebb, who was a second team All-SEC pick in 2011, is also an outstanding kickoff returner. As a junior he rushed 112 times for 641 yards and five touchdowns, caught 30 passes for 291 yards and a score and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

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