Auburn holds moment of silence for Lutzenkirchen

Philip Lutzenkirchen, who ranks first in Tigers history for touchdown receptions for a tight end with 14, died in a car accident June 29.

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

AUBURN, Ala. — Philip Lutzenkirchen’s impact continues to be felt at Auburn.

The No. 6 Tigers held a moment of silence before Saturday’s season opener against Arkansas at Jordan-Hare Stadium to honor the tight end. Lutzenkirchen, 23, was killed in a car accident on June 29 in LaGrange, Ga.

Coach Gus Malzahn, who said earlier in the week that he would wear a special bracelet to honor Lutzenkirchen, who was the first player he recruited when he arrived as the Tigers offensive coordinator after the 2008 season.

"I’m sure there will be some players who will honor him in their own way," he told reporters.

A member of the Tigers’ 2010 national championship team, Lutzenkirchen caught 59 passes from for 628 yards and ranks first all-time in Tigers history for touchdown receptions for a tight end with 14. He also caught the eventual game-winning touchdown in the Tigers’ come-from-behind win over Alabama in 2010.

Early in fall camp, Auburn painted his old No. 43 in the end zone of its practice field.

Auburn also honored David Langer, the hero of "Punt, Bama, Punt," who also died this offseason after a bout with cancer. He was 62.

In 1972, Langer returned two blocked punts for touchdowns during the 17-16 Iron Bowl win over Alabama. He also had an interception in that game.