StatTiger: Inside the Tuberville Era Numbers

Stuart Carter in his StatTiger column analyzes the numbers of Auburn's production on both offense and defense since Tommy Tuberville took over the Auburn football program beginning with the 1999 season.

Inside the Numbers: Tommy Tuberville With all the preseason publications coming out, Auburn can be found in just about everyone's Top 10. Auburn's recent success, coaching staff, talent and depth should translate to another successful season in 2006 and the bandwagon is operating at full speed.

Before we add another chapter to the Tommy Tuberville era, I thought it would be interesting to look back through the last seven seasons and see how Auburn ranked within the Southeastern Conference.


Top Ten Win Percentage (1999-2005)

This includes each team's national ranking in terms of win percentage

Georgia …………… (6th) .764

LSU ………………. (16th) .704

Tennessee ………… (17th) .701

Florida ……………. (19th) .693

Auburn ………...… (20th) .689

Alabama ……….…. (43rd) .581

Arkansas …….……. (47th) .565

Ole Miss ……….…. (51st) .554

South Carolina .…… (64th) .488

Mississippi State ….. (86th) .395

Over the last four seasons, Auburn has moved up to third on the Southeastern Conference list and 10th nationally. The "rebuilding" phase under Tuberville has recently upgraded to a "reloading" phase.

Offense…


Only the teams which averaged over 400 yards in total offense per game during the period of 1999 through 2005 are included in the following "Top 10" lists.

Top Ten Average per play:

2001 Florida …………….. 7.36

2004 Auburn ………...…. 6.35

2001 LSU …………….…. 6.29

2004 Florida ………….…. 6.23

2001 Alabama ……….….. 6.15

2001 Georgia …………… 6.07

2003 Arkansas …….……. 6.03

2000 Florida ……….…… 6.00

2005 Auburn …….…….. 6.00

2003 Ole Miss …….……. 5.99

The Florida Gators possessed the second best offense in the country during the 2001 season based on yards per game (total offense). The Gators were the only offense from the Southeastern Conference to finish in the Top 10 nationally from 1999-2005 based on yards per game. Coach Steve Spurrier's 2001 offense was one of his most productive during his tenure at the University of Florida.

Top Ten Yards per Game:

2001 Florida …………….. 527.5

2001 LSU ……………….. 451.5

2000 Kentucky ………….. 445.5

2003 Ole Miss …………... 433.2

2001 Georgia ……………. 432.8

2003 Arkansas ………...… 431.3

2004 Florida …………….. 426.9

2004 Auburn ……………. 420.7

2003 LSU ………….……. 418.4

2000 Florida ……….……. 417.7

Top Ten Scoring (Points per game):

2001 Florida ……………. 43.8

2000 Florida ……………. 38.2

2001 Ole Miss ………….. 35.5

2003 Ole Miss ………….. 34.0

2003 LSU ………………. 33.9

2003 Arkansas ….………. 33.5

2005 Auburn ….……..… 32.2

2004 Auburn …….…..… 32.1

2004 Florida ….………… 31.8

1999 Tennessee …..…….. 31.6

The addition of offensive coordinator Al Borges to the coaching staff has raised Auburn's stock as one of the better offensive teams in the Southeastern Conference. Under Borges, no other team within the SEC has scored more points than Auburn over the past two years. Auburn has been the No. 1 scoring offense since Borges was hired as Auburn's offensive coordinator.

Defense…


The defensive numbers are sorted from each defense which held its opponents to under 300 yards per game during the course of an entire season from 1999-2005. Based on total defense, the Southeastern Conference has produced some of the best defenses in the country over the past decade.

Top Ten Yards per play allowed:

1999 Mississippi State …….. 3.34

2003 LSU ………………….. 4.02

2004 Alabama ……………... 4.06

1999 Tennessee ……………. 4.10

2004 LSU ………………….. 4.15

2005 LSU ………………….. 4.16

2005 Alabama ……………... 4.29

2002 Alabama …….……….. 4.38

2003 Georgia ……………… 4.40

2002 Tennessee …………… 4.41

The 2000 Auburn defense finished at No. 14 on the list and the 2003 defense was No. 16.

Top 10 Yards allowed per game and national ranking:

1999 Mississippi State ……….. 222.5 (1st)

2004 Alabama ……………….. 245.5 (2nd)

2003 LSU ……………………. 252.0 (1st)

2005 Alabama ……………….. 255.1 (2nd)

2004 LSU ……………………. 256.9 (3rd)

2002 Alabama ……………….. 257.3 (3rd)

2005 LSU ……………………. 266.8 (3rd)

2003 Georgia ………………… 276.9 (4th)

2004 Auburn ………………… 277.6 (5th)

2003 Auburn ………………… 281.6 (5th)

Top Ten points allowed per game:

2005 Alabama …………… 10.7

2003 LSU ………………... 11.0

2004 Auburn …………….. 11.3

1999 Mississippi State …... 13.5

2001 Florida …………….. 14.1

2005 LSU ……………….. 14.2

1999 Tennessee …………. 14.8

2003 Georgia …….……… 15.1

2002 Alabama …….…….. 15.4

2004 Alabama …….…….. 15.8

Alabama and LSU have fielded the most consistent defenses over the last seven years, but Auburn is not too far behind. With the recent hiring of Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator, the Auburn Tigers should continue to be one of the top defenses in the country. Over the past seven years, even the third best defense in the conference is normally one of the Top 10 in the country.

Individual Numbers…


Here are the Top 10 quarterback ratings from 1999-2005:

2004 Jason Campbell / Auburn ……….. 172.9

2001 Rex Grossman / Florida …………… 170.8

2000 Rex Grossman / Florida …………… 158.5

2001 Casey Clausen / Tennessee ……….. 150.0

1999 Rohan Davey / LSU ………………. 148.9

2004 David Greene / Georgia …………… 148.4

2005 D.J. Shockley / Georgia …………… 148.3

2003 Matt Mauck / LSU ………………… 148.2

2003 Eli Manning / Ole Miss …………… 148.1

2003 Matt Jones / Arkansas …………….. 147.1

During the 1999 season, Ben Leard compiled a quarterback rating of 170.8, but did not participate in enough games to be ranked. During the 2002 season, Jason Campbell posted a 149.9 rating, but like Leard failed to play in enough games to qualify, otherwise both quarterbacks would have made the Top 10 list. Campbell's 172.9 rating during the 2004 season was the second best in the history of the Southeastern Conference.

Top Ten Rushing (Yards per game):

2000 Rudi Johnson / Auburn ………….. 130.6

2001 Travis Henry / Tennessee …………. 122.0

2000 Travis Henry / Tennessee …………. 119.5

2002 Artose Pinner / Kentucky …………. 117.8

1999 Shaun Alexander / Alabama ………. 115.3

2003 Cedric Cobb / Arkansas …………… 110.0

2005 Kenny Irons / Auburn ………….... 107.8

2004 Ciatrick Fason / Florida …………… 105.6

2003 Shaud Williams / Alabama …….….. 105.2

2005 Kenneth Darby / Alabama …….…... 103.5

Former Tiger star Rudi Johnson has made a big splash in the NFL.

Rudi Johnson was the first running back from the SEC to average more than 130 yards per game since Moe Williams (Kentucky) did it during the 1995 season. In fact, Johnson became only the seventh running back in the history of the Southeastern Conference to average better than 130 yards rushing per game during the course of one season. Auburn is the only Southeastern Conference team to field a 1000-yard rusher in five of the last six seasons.


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