AUBURN, Ala. — Gus Malzahn, who helped direct one of the nation’s most high-powered offenses at Tulsa, was named Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Auburn on Sunday.
Malzahn brings a no-huddle, fast-paced attack to the Tigers, who abandoned a struggling spread offense in midseason and returned to a more smashmouth style.
Tulsa led the nation in total offense in 2007 and ranks second going into the Jan. 6 GMAC Bowl against Ball State in Mobile.
Malzahn, who spent one season as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, will join Auburn’s staff after the bowl game.
“Gus is one of the great offensive minds in college football and we are very excited to have him join the Auburn staff,” Chizik said. “His track record at all levels of coaching is remarkable and his offenses have been extremely successful both running and passing the ball.
“It’s truly impressive that he oversees an offense that is in the top 10 nationally in all five major offensive statistical categories. We’re looking forward to having Gus on board.”
Tulsa ranks eighth nationally in rushing and Arkansas was fourth during Malzahn’s season behind Heisman Trophy runner-up Darren McFadden. The Razorbacks never made the switch to his wide-open offense and Malzahn left for Tulsa.
Tulsa is averaging 565 yards and 47 points this season, both second nationally.
“This is an exciting opportunity to coach at Auburn, get involved with the Auburn family and work for Coach Chizik,” said Malzahn, who won three Arkansas state titles at two high schools. “I can’t wait to get to Auburn and get started.”
The Tigers ranked 11th in the Southeastern Conference in scoring, managing just 17.3 points a game. Coach Tommy Tuberville fired first-year coordinator Tony Franklin in midseason after the spread offense failed to take off.
Tuberville resigned after Auburn struggled to a 5-7 record.
Chizik has also retained linebackers coach James Willis from the previous staff.