Scott Fountain, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and a BCS Championship berth this year, returned to the field as the Tigers' special teams coordinator and tight ends coach, helping the unit to a banner season. He spent the previous four seasons as Auburn's player personnel director.
Auburn is tied for the biggest turnaround in college football history in NCAA records at +8.5 games.
The Tigers had two kickoff returns for touchdowns, a punt return for a TD and one of the biggest plays, if not the biggest, in Auburn Football history, a missed 57-yard field goal return for 109 yards (100 yards statistically) by Chris Davis on the last play of the game to defeat #1 Alabama 34-28 to win the SEC Western Division Championship. In the win at Tennessee, Davis had an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown and Corey Grant had a 90-yard kickoff return for a TD. Tre Mason notched a 100-yard kickoff return in the season opener vs. Washington State.
Auburn led the SEC in kick return yards (866) and punt returns (29) and was second in punt return average (11.8) and punt return yards (341). In the national rankings, the Tigers ranked ninth in net punting (40.22), 17th in kickoff return average (24.06) and 23rd in punt return average (11.76).
Chris Davis led the SEC and was ranked second nationally with 20.1 yards per punt return and was 14th in punt return touchdowns (1.0).
Tight end C.J. Uzomah caught an 11-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall with only 10 seconds left as the Tigers defeated Mississippi State 24-20 in the SEC opener.
The Tigers had one of the top kicking corps in the nation with Ray Guy Award semifinalist punter Steven Clark, who was third in the SEC with 40.2 net yards per punt and had 23 punts inside the 20 and 21 punts of 50 yards or more. Cody Parkey ranked second in the SEC in PATs made (62) and had touchbacks on 67 of his 92 kickoffs. Parkey, who kicked an SEC Championship Game record 52-yard field goal vs. No. 5 Missouri, was also successful on an on-sides kick in that game.
"Scott is someone I tried to hire as an assistant coach for my staff at Arkansas State," said Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. "He is a great coach with a tremendous work ethic, and his strong ties in the state of Alabama are a great asset to our program."
Fountain, a part of three ACC and an SEC championship teams, was a key figure in Auburn's administrative and recruiting efforts from 2009-12, helping the Tigers sign three consecutive Top 10 recruiting classes. He came to Auburn along with Coach Gene Chizik after spending two seasons (2007-08) on Chizik's staff at Iowa State as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Beginning his college coaching career as an offensive graduate assistant at Florida State from 1994-96, he joined the UCF staff in 1997 as offensive guards and centers coach and co-recruiting coordinator. He spent seven seasons at UCF, becoming offensive tackles/tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator from 1998-2003. In 2004-05, he was offensive line coach at Middle Tennessee, before moving to Georgia Southern in 2006 as offensive line and assistant head coach.
Some of the notable players he has coached include Ryan Flinn (UCF punter who spent four seasons in the NFL with the Cowboys, Falcons, Packers and Dolphins); Matt Prater (UCF kicker who now holds the franchise tag for the Denver Broncos); and Leonard Johnson (an all-Big 12 player who set an NCAA record for kick return yardage at Iowa State and is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers). He also mentored Josh Harris (Auburn long snapper), who is now with the NFL's Atlanta Falcons.
Fountain began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Flomaton (Ala.) High School in 1988, and moved to his high school alma mater W.S. Neal as an assistant in 1989 before being named head coach at Frisco City (Ala.) High in 1990. After three seasons with Frisco City, he became head coach at Monroe County for the 1993 campaign.
Fountain earned a bachelor's degree in physical education (K-12) from Samford in 1988 and a master's degree in educational leadership from Florida State in 1998.
A native of East Brewton, Ala., Fountain is married to the former Rosie Hidalgo, who attended Valencia (Fla.) Community College and Iowa State. They have four sons: Brookes, Hunter, Tanner and Skyler.