It’s pretty difficult to fly under the radar in the always talked about SEC, but Auburn Tigers‘ head coach Gus Malzahn deserves so much more credit then he’s getting. Tigers fans are already lobbying for Malzahn to win the SEC Coach of the Year Award as the Tigers are on their way to the program’s best regular season since 2010, when Auburn finished the year 14-0.
In just one year Malzahn has been able to do something that the man he replaced, Gene Chizik, could not…win football games without Cam Newton on the field. Without the former Heisman Trophy winner, Chizik’s record as Auburn’s head coach was a pedestrian 19-19, which isn’t going to cut it for the football-crazed folks in Alabama.
Nonetheless, Malzahn was given a tough task as he inherited a program that had won just three games the year before. Totally turning the tide, Malzahn has captained Auburn into the top 10 of the BCS Standings and a win over the Tennessee Volunteers will only help the seventh-ranked Tigers’ cause. Auburn has seen so much turnaround over these last few seasons, and Malzahn should be rewarded for his efforts as the new-look Tigers have a legitimate shot at a BCS Bowl Game this postseason.
Malzahn still has to prove that he can recruit inside the competitive SEC, but he’s off to a great start in just his first season at the helm.