Know thy foe: Auburn

Jermaine Whitehead is one of two former MSU commitments on Auburn's roster. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Jermaine Whitehead is one of two former MSU commitments on Auburn’s roster. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Game day: Oct. 11 at Davis Wade Stadium (61,337)

Series: Auburn leads 61-24-2 overall and 12-5-1 in Starkville.

Last meeting: Auburn won 24-20 in Auburn last season.

Head coach: Gus Malzahn 12-2 in one year at AU and 21-5 in two years overall.

2013 Record: 12-2overall, 7-1 in SEC

W WASHINGTON STATE 31-24

W ARKANSAS STATE 38-9

W MISSISSIPPI STATE 24-20

L at LSU 21-35

W OLE MISS 30-22

W WESTERN CAROLINA 62-3

W at Texas A&M 45-41

W FAU 45-10

W at Arkansas 35-17

W at Tennessee 55-23

W GEORGIA 43-38

W ALABAMA 34-28

SEC Championship

W vs. Missouri 34-28

BCS National Championship Game

L vs. Florida State 31-34

Returning starters:

Offense (7)

QB Nick Marshall, 6-1, 210, Sr., 142 of 239 passing for 1,976 yards, 14 TD, 6 INT, 172 carries for 1,068 yards, 12 TD

WR Sammie Coates, 6-2, 201, Jr., 42 catches for 902 yards, 7 TD

WR Ricardo Lewis, 6-2, 212, Jr., 28 catches for 325 yards, 2 TD

RT Avery Young, 6-6, 315, So.

RG Chad Slade, 6-5, 315, Sr.

C Reese Dismukes, 6-3, 295, Sr.

LG Alex Kozan, 6-4, 300, So.

Defense (6)

DE LaDarius Owens, 6-2, 259, Sr., 30 tackles, 5 TFL, 2.5 sacks

DT Gabe Wright, 6-3, 284, Sr., 31 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 FR

LB Cassanova McKinzy, 6-3, 249, Jr., 75 tackles, 8 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 INT

STAR Robenson Therezie, 5-9, 212, Sr., 57 tackles, 3 TFL, 4 INT

CB Jonathon Mincy, 5-10, 196, Sr., 56 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT

S Jermaine Whitehead, 5-11, 193, Sr., 65 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 FR

Special Teams (0)

Former MSU commitments

S Jermaine Whitehead, 5-11, 193, Sr., 65 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 INT, 1 FR

OL Deon Mix, 6-, 298, R-Fr.

Former MSU coaches

Ellis Johnson, defensive coordinator

Charlie Harbison, co-defensive coordinator

Melvin Smith, cornerbacks

J.B. Grimes, offensive line

2014 Schedule:

Aug. 30 ARKANSAS

Sept. 6 SAN JOSE STATE

Sept. 18 at Kansas State

Sept. 27 LOUISIANA TECH

Oct. 4 LSU

Oct. 11 at Mississippi State

Oct. 25 SOUTH CAROLINA

Nov. 1 at Ole Miss

Nov. 8 TEXAS A&M

Nov. 15 at Georgia

Nov. 22 SAMFORD

Nov. 29 at Alabama

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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