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Philip Lutzenkirchen

School

Auburn

Position
Tight End
Major
Communication

Classroom

Lutzenkirchen will graduate in December with a degree in communication. He has been a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Character

Lutzenkirchen is an outstanding ambassador for Auburn University and frequently speaks to campus and student groups. He has twice represented Auburn at the SEC Media Days before more than 1,000 credentialed media.

“At Auburn, we want our football players to be well-rounded individuals, being productive athletically, academically and socially. Part of the social development is giving back to the community that is very supportive of our university and our football program. Philip Lutzenkirchen has not only embraced that role, but he has made it a priority to give back to others. We have a saying: ‘We are not here to be served, but to serve’; Philip has taken that to heart and really led by example among our team. He has a tremendous amount of compassion and caring for others.”

Community

Lutzenkirchen has taken on visiting and supporting children with cancer as his personal mission and has made an impact on several of them both near Auburn and in his hometown of Marietta, Ga., by visiting them and bringing teammates along, corresponding with them, and offering encouragement to siblings and family. He is extremely active in service projects with Auburn student-athletes and has been asked by several colleges/departments at Auburn to visit with prospective students as an Auburn Ambassador. He helped start a Youth for Christ chapter at a local high school. He works with his family in Marietta, Ga., on collection/donation projects for underprivileged youth throughout the year (Christmas, Easter, back to school, etc.). He is a nominee for the AFCA Good Works Team.

Competition

Lutzenkirchen already ranks first in career TD by a tight end at Auburn (14) and he set a single-season Auburn tight end record with 7 touchdowns in 2011. He has three game-winning touchdowns in his career. He is a 2012 preseason All-American, preseason first team all-SEC player and received second team all-SEC honors as a junior in 2011.