Lutzenkirchen gets a tryout at H-back

Auburn fans wanting to see more of freshman tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen this season will get their wish in the Outback Bowl.

He’s going to shift over to H-back against Northwestern. It’s really out of necessity more than anything. Eric Smith is academically ineligible, and John Douglas was suspended following his DUI arrest.

But it also gives Lutzenkirchen a chance to show what he can do in more of a pass-catching role. That’s his strength, and when he played this season, he usually delivered.

In Gus Malzahn’s offense, the H-back is asked to do a lot of different things, but the 6-4, 260-pound Lutzenkirchen is versatile enough to play several different roles. He's gotten better as a blocker.

Two of Lutzenkirchen’s five catches this season went for touchdowns. He caught 72 passes as a high school senior in Marietta, Ga.