Will Malzahn hire Keith Burns as DC?

Who will be the next defensive coordinator at Arkansas State University? This is one of Gus Malzahn's biggest hires as the new head football coach at ASU. Go "Inside" to get a better look at some of the candidates that AStateNation.com has come up with. The first profile for the position is that of Coach Keith Burns.

It's been all quiet in regards to who Gus Malzahn will be hiring for his new coaching staff at Arkansas State.

With Malzahn completing his obligations to Auburn by coaching in last night's Auburn's Bowl game with Virginia, expect things to begin happening at a faster pace.

AStateNation.com has been in search of some information in regards to the defensive coordinator position, one of the biggest hires for Malzahn, who is known as being an offensive genius.

We have confirmed with a source that Malzahn has appeared to have interviewed or have had contact with two coaches known for their expertise as a defensive coordinator.

AStateNation.com will profile six coaches and perhaps a seventh one to give you the ASU fans some background on each of these defensive coordinator candidates.

We start out first with Coach Keith Burns.

Burns recently completed a season at Ole Miss as secondary coach for the Rebels. It's noted that the secondary was one of the few bright spots on the Ole Miss defense this past season.

The Texas native, played his college football at the University of Arkansas in 1980-1982. Burns began his college coaching career in Fayetteville, as a graduate assistant at Arkansas in 1984.

Burns first job as a defensive coordinator was at USC in 1994-1997. He became the DC back at Arkansas in 1998-1999.

He left Arkansas to become the Head Coach of Tulsa for three seasons from 2000-2002. While he wasn't successful in his only stint as a head coach, Burns has proven over the years to be a solid defensive coordinator.

Burns is one of the two coaches we have confirmed through a source that he has interviewed or has been in contact with Malzahn in regards to the position.

Why Burns would make a great hire for Malzahn: A former Arkansas player and coach, he is very familiar with the state of Arkansas and has a good name with high school coaches through out the state.

While most might not think that ASU can challenge for a top name for a defensive coordinator, think again. President Chuck Welch and ASU Athletic Director Dr. Dean Lee has already proven by hiring Malzahn that they will do whatever is necessary to hire the best coaching staff available.

Burns is a proven defensive coach, this is perhaps the second biggest hire, only to Malzahn. Malzahn must find a defensive minded coach who he can trust to run the defensive side of the ball.

Why Burns might not be the guy for Arkansas State: Some Arkansas State fans don't like the idea of an University of Arkansas guy on their coaching staff. While he has had some success on the defensive side of the ball, he crashed and burned as a head coach at Tulsa.

Stay tuned to AStateNation.com for the latest in this developing story.