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Gus Malzahn

Head Coach
Second Season
Overall: 15-2
 

Gus Malzahn
 
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Gus Malzahn enters his second season as head coach of Auburn after an incredible first season, leading the Tigers to the BCS National Championship Game, the SEC Championship and a 12-2 record en route to being named National Coach of the Year by nine outlets.
 
Malzahn, who served as Auburn's offensive coordinator from 2009-11, coached in his second BCS National Championship Game in four years.
 
Auburn won the title in 2010 behind Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton and came within 13 seconds of defeating No. 1 Florida State for the title in 2013.
 
Malzahn is 21-5 entering his third season as a head coach after winning back-to-back championships in his first two seasons, the SEC Championship in 2013 and the Sun Belt Conference title with a 9-3 record at Arkansas State in 2012. His 12-2 start at Auburn is the second-best for a new Auburn coach.
 
At 12-2, Auburn posted the biggest turnaround in the nation (+8) in 2013, the biggest turnaround in SEC history (+7 conference wins) and fell just shy of the biggest improvement in NCAA records (+8.5 games by Hawaii from 1999 to 2000).
 
Malzahn turned a 3-9 season with a total offense ranked 117th out of 124 teams prior to his arrival into a 12-2 SEC Champion in 2013, reaching the BCS National Championship Game.
 
The Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot, Sporting News, SB Nation, Liberty Mutual and Associated Press National Coach of the Year and a finalist for the 2013 Maxwell National Coach of the Year award, Malzahn earned SEC Coach of the Year honors from the league's coaches and the Associated Press.
 
Just the third coach in SEC history to win an SEC title in his first year at a school, Malzahn joined LSU's Bernie Moore in 1935 and Ole Miss' John Vaught in 1947.
 
Malzahn has won or played for a conference title in six of his eight seasons as a college coach, including winning a conference crown in three of the last four seasons with Auburn in 2010 and 2013 and Arkansas State in 2012.
 
He has produced 11 1,000-yard rushers in eight seasons as a college head coach/coordinator, at least one in each season, with Heisman Trophy finalist Tre Mason (1,816) and Nick Marshall (1,068) in 2013.
 
Malzahn has also had five 1,000-yard receivers and three 3,000-yard passers. He has had two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season three times: 2013 (Auburn), 2010 (Auburn) and 2006 (Arkansas). His 2007 Tulsa team had three 1,000-yard receivers.
 
In 2013, Auburn led the nation rushing for 328.3 yards per game, ranked eighth nationally in yards per play on offense at 6.92 yards and was second in the nation to Navy with 229 rushing first downs. Auburn has currently scored 30 points in 10 consecutive games for the first time in school history.
 
Auburn was just the second team in SEC history to gain more than 7,000 yards total offense in a season in 2013, finishing the year with 7,018 yards; the other was Texas A&M in 2012.
 
The Tigers ranked 11th in total offense with 501.3 yards per game, 12th in scoring offense with 39.5 points per game, 13th with 334 first downs and ninth in net punting (40.54).
 
The Tigers set a school record with 48 rushing touchdowns in 2013, set a school record against SEC opponents with 677 yards of total offense vs. No. 5 Missouri in the SEC Championship Game. The Tigers set SEC Championship Game team records for rushing 26 first downs, 74 rushing attempts, 545 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.
 
Auburn set a school record with 1,955 yards total offense in a three-game span vs. Western Carolina (712), at No. 7 Texas A&M (615) and vs. Florida Atlantic (628).
 
Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist and SEC Player of the Year in 2013, ranked third in the nation with 23 touchdowns, is fifth nationally with 1,816 yards rushing, sixth with 10.7 points per game, sixth with 169.57 all-purpose yards per game and eighth with 129.7 rushing yards per game.
 
Mason set the Auburn single-season record with 1,816 rushing yards and 2,374 all-purpose yards, is second with 317 rushing attempts. His 46 rushing attempts and 304 rushing yards vs. No. 5 Missouri set SEC Championship Game records and fell three yards shy of the Auburn record.
 
Wide receiver Sammie Coates ranks third in the nation with 21.48 yards per reception with 42 catches for 902 yards and seven touchdowns.
 
Four Auburn players were taken in the 2014 NFL Draft, including two first round picks with offensive tackle Greg Robinson going No. 2 overall to the St. Louis Rams and defensive end Dee Ford, No. 23 to the Kansas City Chiefs. Running back Tre Mason was a third round selection by the Rams while fullback Jay Prosch was a sixth round pick by the Houston Texans.
 
Malzahn, who won the Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach in 2010 while helping the Tigers to the BCS National Championship, returned to Auburn after serving as the head coach at Arkansas State in 2012, where he led the program to the Sun Belt Conference title. He was named the program's 26th head football coach on December 4, 2012.

 
 Coach Malzahn
 Hometown  Fort Smith, Ark.
 College  Henderson State
 Family  wife, Kristi
 daughters, Kylie & Kenzie
 
 
 Quick Facts
 As of September 6, 2014
 Seasons at AU  Second Season
 Overall Record  15-2 (.882) - 17 Games
 SEC Record  9-1 (.900) - 10 Games*
 vs. Non-Conference  6-1 (.857) - 7 Games
 vs. Ranked Teams  6-2 (.750) - 8 Games
 Record Home  10-0 (1.000) - 10 Games
 Record Away  4-1 (.800) - 5 Games
 Record Neutral  1-1 (.500) - 2 Games
 Record Bowls  0-1 (.000) - 1 Games
 
* includes SEC Championship Game 

 Coaching History
 2013-Present  Auburn - Head Coach
 2012  Arkansas State - Head Coach
 2009-2011  Auburn - Offensive Coord.
 2007-2008  Tulsa - Offensive Coord.
 2006  Arkansas - Offensive Coord.
 
 
 Coaching Record
 Year  School  Title  Rec.
 2014  Auburn  Head Coach  3-0
 2013  Auburn  Head Coach  12-2
 2012  Ark. State  Head Coach  9-3
 2011  Auburn  Off. Coord.  8-5
 2010  Auburn  Off. Coord.  14-0
 2009  Auburn  Off. Coord.  8-5
 2008  Tulsa  Off. Coord.  11-3
 2007  Tulsa  Off. Coord.  10-4
 2006
 
 Arkansas  Off. Coord.  10-4
 
"Coach Malzahn was our choice because he is a proven winner who has been successful at every level. He is one of the brightest minds in college football and he knows what it takes to build a championship program at Auburn."
 
- Athletics Director Jay Jacobs
 
"He's a person that you can trust with any type of situation. He has his door open for anybody. But as a coach, he is a person that demands greatness."
 
- Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton
 
"We wanted a coach with high character, a coach with great leadership abilities that can attract a staff that would recruit and develop young men in all areas of their life, spiritually, academically, as well as athletically. He exemplifies all these characteristics."
 
- Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan
 
 

Known for his innovative offensive style, Malzahn has made a profound impact during each of his coaching stops at the collegiate level: Auburn, Arkansas State, Tulsa and Arkansas.
 
In 2012 at Arkansas State, Malzahn led the Red Wolves to a 9-3 record and 7-1 conference mark, including a seven-game winning streak The Red Wolves defeated Middle Tennessee 45-0 to claim the Sun Belt Championship and a berth in the GoDaddy.com Bowl.
 
A product of Fort Smith, Ark., Malzahn's ASU offense was in the top 25 nationally in nearly every offensive category entering the bowl game, ranking 17th in total offense (481.8 ypg) and 21st in scoring offense (36.4 ppg) and rushing offense (217.4 ypg).
 
Led by record-setting quarterback Ryan Aplin, who was named Sun Belt Player of the Year, the Red Wolves' offense was 13th nationally in passing efficiency (155.39 rating) and averaged 217.4 yards per game passing.
 
Malzahn made an immediate impact during his tenure at Auburn, highlighted by a record-setting offense in 2010 when the Tigers finished 14-0 and claimed the school's first national championship since 1957.
 
The 2010 Auburn offense set nine school records, including points in a season (577), points per game (41.2), total yards (6,989), total offense (499.2), rushing yards (3,987), rushing touchdowns (41) and passing touchdowns (31).
 
Malzahn's record-setting offense in 2010 led the Southeastern Conference and finished in the top 10 nationally in six statistical categories.
 
He coached Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton during the Tigers' run to the 2011 BCS National Championship. Under Malzahn's guidance, quarterback Newton had one of the best single-season performances at the position in college football history. Newton threw for 2,908 yards and 30 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,586 yards and 20 TDs on the ground en route to becoming the third Heisman winner in school history.