Only 43 short days until Auburn football!
Today we honor a notable number 43; Phillip Lutzenkirchen.
The Marietta, Georgia native went to Lassiter High School before arriving on Auburn’s campus in the fall of 2009. Lutzenkirchen’s high school coach was current Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey.
Lutzenkirchen’s first career catch was a 13-yard TD reception from Kodi Burns vs. Mississippi State. Lutzenkirchen appeared in all 13 games in Auburn’s 2010 National Championship season. Against Alabama that season, Lutzenkirchen’s 7-yard TD reception from Cam Newton gave Auburn a 28-27 lead and ultimately won the game. In 2011, Lutzenkirchen caught a team-high 7 touchdowns. His career ended midway through the 2012 season as a result of a hip injury.
Lutzenkirchen ranks first in Auburn football history for touchdown receptions by a tight end with 14.
In June of 2014, Lutzenkirchen died in a car accident traveling through Georgia. Lutzenkirchen was just 23 years old.
War Eagle Phillip!
Rest in Peace.