By Jeff Shearer
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been selected as the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 40-17 win over top-ranked Georgia.
“We had a huge win Saturday,” Malzahn said. “We played our best game of the year. We played well on all three phases against a very talented team. We talked about championship urgency the past few weeks. I feel like our team really seized the moment on Saturday, and that we played really well. The reality is that game is over, that game is behind us. We can enjoy that after the year. We have to move forward.”
Auburn, ranked No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, plays Louisiana Monroe Saturday at 11 a.m. at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honors the football coach whose program embodies scholarship, leadership and integrity while earning a significant victory.
“Coach Malzahn and the Tigers made a statement to the entire country by coming out and pulling off a dominant victory over the No. 1 team in the land,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Auburn now looks to be a serious contender for another SEC West title going into a massive Iron Bowl matchup in a couple of weeks.”
The Dodd Trophy is presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
“A win of this magnitude shows that Coach Malzahn knows how to make his players winners on the field,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn. “But you can see from his player’s success in the classroom that he’s also preparing them for life beyond football, which was one of Coach Dodd’s core beliefs.”
A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.
Jeff Shearer is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @jeff_shearer