Dec. 6, 2010
Auburn, Ala. -
Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn was named the 2010 winner of the Broyles Award, which goes to the top assistant coach in the nation.
"I feel like this is an award that all the offensive coaches had a part in winning," Malzahn said. "The coaches and the players have worked very hard this season and they all share in this award."
Malzahn received the award at a luncheon in Little Rock, Ark., Monday. Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to receive the award. Current Auburn head coach Gene Chizik won the award as the Tigers' defensive coordinator in 2004.
In his second season as Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Malzahn has led an offensive attack that ranks first in the Southeastern Conference and seventh in the nation in total offense, averaging 497.7 yards per game. The Tigers also lead the SEC and rank sixth nationally in both scoring and rushing, averaging 42.7 points and 287.2 yards rushing per game in 2010.
"This season has been a blessing," Malzahn added. "Being a part of the Auburn Family, especially at this moment, has been a wonderful experience. Coach Broyles gave me my first job as a college coach. I grew up in Arkansas and it has just made all of this very special to me."
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Malzahn has developed highly successful quarterbacks in his two seasons with the Tigers. In 2009, Malzahn coached quarterback Chris Todd, who set a then Auburn single-season record with 22 touchdowns, as the Tigers set team single-season records for most points and most total yards offense.
This season, Malzahn has coached quarterback Cam Newton as the Tigers shattered the records set just a season before. The 2010 Tigers established team single-season records for total offense (6,470 yards), rushing (3,733 yards) and points (555). Newton became just the second player in FBS history to total 20 touchdowns rushing and passing in a single season, racking up 21 rushing and 28 passing this season.
Malzahn has helped the Tigers to a 13-0 record, an SEC Championship and to the program's first-ever BCS National Championship Game this season. Top-ranked Auburn will play No. 2 Oregon on Jan. 10, 2011, in Glendale, Ariz.