Malzahn and Auburn Football Players Honored

Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn has been named the winner of the Frank Broyles Award.

Auburn, Ala.--Gus Malzahn has won the Frank Broyles Award as the nation's top assistant coach.

Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach directs an attack that leads the SEC in scoring at 42.7 points per game, in rushing offense at 287.2 yards per game and in total offense at 497.7 yards per game.

The Tigers are on pace to set a school record for points scored per game and their 555 total points during Auburn's 13-0 season is a school record.

Malzahn joins his boss, Auburn head coach Gene Chizik, as a winner of the award. Chizik won the Broyles Award in 2004 as defensive coordinator of an unbeaten Auburn team.

"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 in a ceremony at Little Rock, Ark., on Monday. "This season has been a blessing," Malzahn said. "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."

Also on Monday, Malzahn's starting quarterback, Cameron Newton, was named AP's SEC Player of the Year while Auburn defensive tackle Nick Fairley was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year.

Joining Fairley and Newton on the AP All-SEC first team are offensive tackle Lee Ziemba and center Ryan Pugh. The All-SEC second team includes senior offensive guard Byron Isom, senior defensive end Antoine Carter and senior linebacker Josh Bynes and senior safety Zac Etheridge earned honorable mention recognition.

Also on Monday, Newton was named as one of the four finalists for the Heisman Trophy which will be announced on Saturday in New York City. The other finalists are running back LaMichael James of Oregon, quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford and quarterback Kellen Moore of Boise State.

The Tigers are coming off one of their best all-around performances of the year as they defeated South Carolina 56-17 in the SEC Championship Game to earn a spot in the BCS National Championship Game vs. Oregon on Jan. 10th.

Malzahn said he liked the way his team performed in the SEC Championship Game as the Tigers racked up 589 total yards and 28 first downs.

"I am really proud of our guys," Malzahn said. "Everybody did a good job. I am really happy for them. They have worked hard to have the success they are enjoying."


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