Dec. 2, 2013
Auburn's Rhett Lashlee, left, and Gus Malzahn plot a move for the offensive-minded Tigers (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. – Gus Malzahn says Rhett Lashlee has done a "great job" with Auburn's offense, and his opinion was borne out Monday when his offensive coordinator was named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which goes to the nation's top assistant coach.
"Our overall offense, I get a lot of the credit, but he deserves just as much," Malzahn said Monday. "He does the majority of the game planning and the work that goes with it, the recruiting. He definitely deserves to be mentioned. I think that he's done an excellent job this year."
Auburn is the runaway leader in rushing offense and is No. 2 in total offense in the Southeastern Conference. The offense is coming off a 393-yard, four-touchdown performance against Alabama's touted defense in last Saturday's 34-28 victory In Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Lashlee, who works with the quarterbacks in practice, has been instrumental in the development of Nick Marshall, who Malzahn said Monday should be in the mix for the Heisman Trophy.
Malzahn knows about quarterbacks and the Broyles Award. He won the award in 2010 when he was Auburn's offensive coordinator during the Tigers' BCS championship season.
The four other finalists for the Broyles Award are Baylor offensive coordinator Philip Montgomery, Duke offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Kurt Roper, Florida State defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and Michigan State defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi.
The winner be announced Dec. 10 in Little Rock.
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine