It wasn’t much of a stretch when Auburn reached out and hired Gus Malzahn. The former Tigers offensive coordinator has a familiarity with the program, having helped the school win a national championship in 2010. It’s because of that reason that Malzahn will be a coach to watch this season.
The Buzz: The 47-year-old Malzahn has been the brains behind several high-powered offenses including ones at Tulsa and Arkansas as well as the one at Auburn. He left the school in 2011 to take his first head coaching job at Arkansas State. It was there that Malzahn led the program to 10-3 record last season as the Red Wolves were first in the Sun Belt Conference in rushing (206.2 yards per game) and second in the league in scoring (34.9 ppg) and total offense (466.7 ypg). Malzahn stay in Jonesboro was a short one as the Arkansas native was called back to coach Auburn after Gene Chizik was fired following a disastrous 3-9 season that saw the Tigers go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Auburn fans are hoping Malzahn can duplicate the success of the 2010 season when the Tigers were near the top in most offensive statistical categories including scoring (42.1) and rushing (285 yards per game). Of course, this time around, Malzahn won’t have the luxury of Cam Newton running the Tigers offense. That being said, Auburn should improve significantly from last season’s three-win season despite playing in the toughest division in college football.
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