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King Dunlap Top Five Greatest Games

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King Dunlap

Former Auburn offensive lineman King Dunlap retired from the NFL on Monday.

Dunlap was released by the Los Angeles Chargers on March 13 after four years with the team. Prior to his time with the Chargers, Dunlap played for the Philadelphia Eagles for the first four years of his career. He was drafted by the Eagles in the seventh round of the 2008 NFL Draft.

In honor of the offensive lineman, Zac and Noah of the Lunch Break on ESPN 106.7 ranked the top five games that Dunlap started at Auburn.

  1. “King of the Wave”

Auburn 38, Tulane 13

October 21, 2006

Dunlap earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors following Auburn’s 25 point victory over the Green Wave. Dunlap earned a 99 percent overall grade where he recorded four pancakes, four cockroach blocks and four rodeo blocks. He was named the Coaches’ Offensive Player of the Week. Auburn rushed for 220 yards and did not allow a sack in the win. Fun Fact: Current New York Jets and former Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte played for Tulane where in this game he rushed for 117 yards and averaged 5.6 yards per carry.

  1. “King of the Jungle”

Auburn 40, Washington State 14

September 2, 2006

In the 2006 season opener, Dunlap and the rest of the Auburn offensive line helped the running backs rush for 293 yards against the Cougars. Dunlap recorded six rodeo blocks, three cockroach blocks and a pancake. Kenny Irons rushed for 183 yards with 9.1 yards per carry.

  1. “Tigers, Cornhuskers, and… Cotton?”

Auburn 17, Nebraska 14

January 1, 2007

The 2007 Cotton Bowl featured two stingy defenses that didn’t allow either offense to achieve much on New Year’s Day. While Auburn’s offense had an uninspiring 3.2 yards per play and allowed Brandon Cox to be sacked five times, John Vaughn’s 42 yard field goal midway through the third quarter would be enough to keep Auburn ahead for the duration of the game in this defensive Cotton Bowl Classic.

  1. “Irons Bowl”

Auburn 22, Alabama 15

November 18, 2006

Auburn brought iron to the 2006 Iron Bowl. Kenny Irons gave Auburn a 14-3 lead over the Tide with 9:39 remaining in the second quarter. Led by quarterback John Parker Wilson, Alabama scored 12 unanswered to take a 15-14 lead over Auburn midway through the third quarter. Cox responded for the Tigers with 1:28 left in the third quarter to score the final points of this game. With a 22-15 lead and 1:50 remaining in the ball game, Auburn needed a defensive stand to seal the victory. David Irons provided the stop for Auburn with an interception at the Tigers’ 39 yard line.

  1. “The Front Flip”

Auburn 27, Florida 17

October 14, 2006

Tim Tebow and the number two ranked, undefeated Florida Gators traveled to Auburn looking to improve to 7-0. Florida raced ahead to a 17-8 lead late in the first half. John Vaughn closed the first half with a field goal that shortened the gap to 17-11. To get the scoring started in the second half, Trey Smith scored a touchdown by recovering a blocked punt and leaping into the end zone. The play proved to swing momentum in favor of Auburn. Tebow and Florida failed to score in the second half as Auburn upset the Gators 27-17. Dunlap received an 86 percent overall grade, recorded five rodeo blocks, 3.5 pancakes and one cockroach block.

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