Onterio McCalebb can really shine on the combine field because of his speed. But, for a guy like Philip Lutzenkirchen, he thinks his game film can show NFL scouts everything they want to see. - Dayne Young, WRBL TV 3 News
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: At the combine, Lutzenkirchen ran a best time of 4.94 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Tuesday, he ran a 5.09 and a 4.96. No, he's not a "blazer." But he doesn't have to be. He's a tight end, remember. He can catch. He can block. He can lead. And he's got plenty of experience doing all of those things playing in the SEC. Sure, posting good numbers can't hurt, but they're just numbers. Film and experience hold the most weight.
And NFL teams know that. They know he's just coming off surgery. They know he's still trying to get himself back 100 percent. But they also know what he's done on the football field, which, really, is what should matter most. "I got a lot of feedback at the combine that they're going to watch more of my junior tape than my senior tape, especially toward the end of my senior year where I was really hobbling around," said Lutzenkirchen, who is first in Auburn history for touchdowns by a tight end (14), second in catches (59) and third in receiving yards (628). "Teams know what I can do. I had three good years, played a lot on the national championship team. - Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Representatives from 15 NFL teams gathered at Auburn's pro day on March 5. A total of 10 players worked out indoors on FieldTurf. Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE (6-4, 260) - Lutzenkirchen ran the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds. He had a 32-inch vertical jump and 9-foot-4 broad jump. His time in the short shuttle time was 4.32 seconds and 7.05 seconds in the three-cone drill. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Philip Lutzenkirchen hasn't been able to put up the kind of numbers he'd like during this NFL Draft cycle. Two weeks after admitting he hadn't fully recovered enough from Oct. 24 hip surgery to put up eye-popping numbers at the NFL Combine, Lutzenkirchen wasn't able to make the kind of leap he originally wanted at Auburn's Pro Day.
Lutzenkirchen, who did not bench press after putting up a solid 21 reps at the Combine, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.96 seconds, a shade slower than his 4.94 in Indianapolis. The former tight end also recorded a 32-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot, 4-inch broad jump, ran the 3-cone drill in 7.12 seconds and the 60-yard shuttle in 12.02 seconds, all numbers that would have ranked ninth or lower at the Combine, although his 4.27 20-yard shuttle would have placed him second.
Lutzenkirchen believes his appeal in the NFL has less to do with off-the-charts athleticism than what he showed on the field in four years at Auburn. "I know I'm never going to be a blazer in the 40, running a 4.5 or anything, but I think game speed and film speed is a lot different than your 40 speed," Lutzenkirchen said. "I feel prepared, I played in the best conference for four years, started for three." Lutzenkirchen underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and three bone spurs in his hip halfway through his senior season, a surgery that Lutzenkirchen admitted he probably waited two or three weeks too long to schedule. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Philip Lutzenkirchen knows he's not getting drafted for his speed. He knows he's not going to beat any other skill-position players in a foot race, or put up jaw-dropping numbers during workouts. He's not counting on that. The former Auburn tight end is going to let his game tape speak for itself. And he's got a lot of it. "I know I'm never going to be a blazer in the 40, running a 4.5," he said Tuesday afternoon after Auburn's Pro Day. "But I think game speed and film speed is a lot different than your 40 speed. I feel prepared. I played in the best conference for four years, started for three. So I feel good about everything." He even feels good physically, which is saying something just four months after hip surgery cost him the final six games of his senior year.
Lutzenkirchen, who had been playing with pain and discomfort in his left hip caused by bone spurs catching on his labrum for more than a year, finally had to put his pride on the shelf and get the surgery to remove those three bones spurs. By his estimation, Lutzenkirchen is still two months away from being fully healed. But he felt good enough to run, jump and workout in front of scouts at the NFL Combine in late February in Indianapolis and then again on Tuesday in Auburn. - Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen, who is still recovering from surgery last fall, improved upon his marks from the NFL Combine. "I think it went well today," Lutzenkirchen said. "It felt good to get out there and run around. I'd say it was about the same as the combine. I'm about two weeks to a month away from 100 percent. I'm right at four months post-op, and they say it's six months to 100 percent, so I'm close. I'm glad our Pro Day was early, so now I can get back to focusing on rehab." Lutzenkirchen's unofficial marks Tuesday included: vertical jump (32"); 40-yard dash (4.96); broad jump (9'4"); three-cone shuttle (7.12) and long shuttle (12.02). - Auburn football
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Philip Lutzenkirchen...It was a tough day for Lutzenkirchen. Still only four months removed from hip surgery, Lutzenkirchen said he was still about two months away from being back to 100 percent. Still, Lutz's workout showed his tenacity and work ethic if anything. Intangibles are all the rage in the locker rooms of the NFL elite. Sure, his 4.96 second 40 didn't turn any heads, but Lutzenkirchen was right when he said he's "never going to be a blazer" and that he's more of a "tape guy." Lutzenkirchen also ran a 4.27 20-yard shuttle which would have ranked second among all tight ends at the NFL Combine. That combined with his receiving skills and the news that teams will be mostly watching his junior tape bodes well for a team taking a shot on the 6-foot-3, 258-pound playmaker. - Andrew Yawn, The Auburn Plainsman
03/06/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: It's more about making plays than making times. Just ask someone who's played in the league. "I think game tape means a lot more than this stuff," said former NFL quarterback Jeff Blake, who was on hand Tuesday to throw passes to his son, former Auburn wideout Emory Blake. "Because it's how you play the game. ... It's how you play the game. And that's what these guys do. "Like I said, you can run a 4.2 (40), if you can't catch it don't mean nothing. Right? A lot of these guys aren't looking for track guys. They're looking for football players. If they're looking for track guys, we'd be talking about track. We're talking about football. So the best football players are the ones who make football plays."
Lutzenkirchen is German for "touchdown maker." Remember? And that's what the 6-foot-3, 258-pound tight end is hoping NFL teams keep in mind. What he did on the field should far outshine the numbers he turned in off it - especially after surgery. "There's combine guys who are going to excel at the combine, and then there's tape guys," Lutzenkirchen said. "And I think I'm definitely one of those tape guys." And if anyone needs a reminder, just go to the tape ... or Youtube. Lutzie's got plenty of highlights. - Mike Szvetitz, Opelika-Auburn News
03/05/2013 - What to watch for as Auburn's NFL hopefuls work out at Pro Day...LUTZENKIRCHEN'S COMEBACK PROGRESSES: Former Tigers tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has been graded a mid-to-late round pick by most draft analysts based on his versatility and game tape, but Lutzenkirchen, by his own admission, wasn't at full strength in Indianapolis. He was always pointing to Pro Day, where he will try to improve on his speed and agility times in an effort to keep showing teams he's recovered from October hip surgery. - Joel A. Erickson, Alabama Live
03/05/2013 - 2013 Auburn Pro Day: Tight end Phillip Lutzenkirchen, who is still recovering from hip surgery, ran another plodding 40 -- this time 4.96 seconds, a tick slower than his 4.94 in Indianapolis. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange
01/15/2013 - Former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen will attend the Senior Bowl next week, but he will not be able to play in the game due to the hip injury that ended his senior season after six games. Lutzenkirchen, who has been training in California for the NFL Draft in April, revealed that he wouldn't be able to play in the game during a Twitter Q&A with his fans late Monday night. "I'm going but not playing," Lutzenkirchen tweeted in a response to a question about his plans for next week's Senior Bowl. "Still a few weeks from 100%."
Lutzenkirchen underwent surgery in late October to repair a torn labrum and three bone spurs in his hip, a painful injury that ended his season after making 15 catches for 139 yards. Asked again about how close he was to full strength, Lutzenkirchen responded that he was almost back to 100 percent. - Joel A. Erickson, The Birmingham News
12/26/2012 - Auburn senior tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen has accepted an invitation to the 2013 Under Armour Senior Bowl. The game will be played on January 26 at 3 p.m. CT in Mobile, Ala. Lutzenkirchen finished the 2012 season with 139 yards on 15 catches, including a season high 71 yards receiving against Clemson in the season opener.
Lutzenkirchen missed the final six games of the season due to a torn labrum in his left hip. Lutzenkirchen battled through the pain of the injury he suffered earlier in the season. - Justin Hokanson, AuburnSports.com
11/08/2012 - This is an especially tough week for injured Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen. The Marietta, Ga., native will have to settle for cheering from the sidelines as the Tigers take on No. 5 Georgia Saturday night. Lutzenkirchen said Tuesday he "might still be the most fired-up guy on that field" with his home state team visiting. Lutzenkirchen had to shut down his senior season with a hip injury. One of the team's most popular players, he underwent surgery two weeks ago after doctors told him playing on might force him to have a hip replacement before his 30th birthday. He had been playing with a torn labrum and three bone spurs. Lutzenkirchen is hoping to be ready for the Senior Bowl in January, or at least the NFL combine. - AP Sports
10/22/2012 - After a disastrous start to the season, Auburn took another hit Saturday as coach Gene Chizik announced after the team's loss to Vanderbilt that tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen was done for the season. A staple the past four seasons for his sure hands and one of the few threats on a lackluster offense, Lutzenkirchen is believed to have sustained a hip injury that will sideline him the rest of the year. He traveled to Nashville with the team but did not play on Saturday before Chizik made the announcement. Lutzenkirchen wraps up the year with 15 catches for 139 yards and will leave as the school's all-time leader in touchdown catches by a tight end. A key part of the Tigers' national championship run two years ago, the senior had a knack for big catches and recorded three game-winning touchdowns during his career. "God has a plan for me and will guide me through this storm. War Eagle," Lutzenkirchen tweeted Saturday. Sophomores Brandon Fulse and C.J. Uzomah figure to get a bulk of the time at the position going forward. Lutzenkirchen is ranked by CBSSports.com draft experts as the No. 9 player at his position and a projected 5th or 6th round draft pick. Chizik also announced that right tackle Avery Young was done for the season, as well. - Bryan Fischer, CBSSports.com
10/22/2012 - Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen says a hip injury has ended his college career. Lutzenkirchen posted on his Twitter page Saturday that he was "sad to say it is over at Auburn." Coach Gene Chizik said after the Tigers' 17-13 loss at Vanderbilt that Lutzenkirchen's senior season is over. Lutzenkirchen tweeted that his hip has been bothering him since fall camp "to the point where I was hurting the team for me to not play at 100%. Gave it all I had. Sorry." Lutzenkirchen's 15 catches for 139 yards were second on the team. C.J. Uzomah started against Vandy for the 1-6 Tigers. Lutzenkirchen's 14 career touchdown catches is a record for Auburn tight ends. Chizik says tackle Avery Young is also out for the season with an unspecified injury. - AP Sports
09/05/2012 - It sounds hard to believe, but Auburn amassed minus-three yards of offense in the red zone against Clemson. So it's no surprise the Tigers are focusing on red-zone execution as they prepare for Saturday's SEC opener at Mississippi State. New starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier completed only 1-of-6 passes in the red zone. And that completion went for minus-five yards to tailback Onterio McCalebb. "We've really got to improve in the red," offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler told reporters. "Every time we work our tails to get down there and are not getting touchdowns. We get two touchdowns in the red zone and we win the ball game." As it was, Auburn scored one touchdown and settled for four field goals. That's not likely to cut it in Starkville, where Mississippi State boasts a diversified offense led by quarterback Tyler Russell. Improvement starts with Frazier, a promising sophomore who will be starting his first SEC game. "I didn't do as well as I expected myself to do," Frazier told reporters. "It seems like it's a long game but it's not. "You don't get that many opportunities, so when you get them you've got to take advantage of them." Tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen said everyone on offense feels the urgency. "We just can't shoot ourselves in the foot in the red zone," Lutzenkirchen told reporters. "We made mistakes and have to mature. Mississippi State is not going to care how young we are. We just need to correct our mistakes." - The Sports Xchange
08/16/2012 - Top-five Auburn prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 2. TE Philip Lutzenkirchen...Besides having the longest combined first and last name in the history of Auburn football, Lutzenkirchen's greatest claim to fame for the Tigers is his ability to catch touchdowns. Entering his senior campaign, he's also snared 14 of them, which may not sound like that much in today's era pass-happy offenses but consider that Lutzenkirchen only has 44 career receptions total. That's efficiency! Lutzenkirchen finished third on the team a season ago with a career-high 24 receptions and led the team with seven, breaking the school single-season record for tight end touchdown grabs. Despite his great deal of statistical success, Lutzenkirchen is far from a clean NFL prospect. In his favor is his size, the burst he shows in gaining separation as a route-runner and his soft hands. He aggressively attacks blocks but lacks the strength to sustain them at this point and has been aided by lining up on the wing in an H-back role more than as a typical in-line blocker throughout most of his career. In earning second team all-conference accolades, Lutzenkirchen has momentum in his favor heading into his senior campaign. Historically speaking, he'll need it if he is to buck a nearly 20 year trend of futility at tight end for the Tigers - at least when it comes to earning strong consideration from pro scouts. The last Auburn tight end selected in the NFL draft was Fred Baxter, whom the New York Jets selected in the fifth round back in 1993. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
08/07/2012 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: The Tigers have some real threats in the passing game both at wideout with seniors Emory Blake and Travante Stallworth and look to make more use of TE Philip Lutzenkirchen in the passing game as well. With four starters back, the line looks to lead the defense. DE Corey Lemonier could be a dominant pass rusher. QUOTE TO NOTE: "It just goes back to a more traditional standpoint. Week-in and week-out, depending on the defense, we'll do a number of different things." Senior TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, on Auburn's new offensive scheme. - The Sports Xchange
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (COACHES): TE - Philip Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC head coaches. - Auburn football
07/21/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON ALL-SEC FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): TE Philip Lutzenkirchen (158), Auburn, Sr., has been selected first team All-SEC for the 2012 college football season as selected by the SEC media. - Auburn football
07/20/2012 - 2012 ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn, has been selected to the Preseason Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented the nation's top college lineman or linebacker each year by The Rotary Club of Houston. - The Rotary Club of Houston
07/10/2012 - 2012 JOHN MACKEY AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Phil Lutzenkirchen, Auburn, has been selected to the 2012 preseason watch list for the John Mackey Award, which is presented annually to college football's best tight end. - The Nassau County Sports Commission