Chizik Hires Loeffler As AU's Coordinator

Scot Loeffler is returning to the Southeastern Conference to coach football for the Auburn Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn head coach Gene Chizik announced on Sunday that Scot Loeffler of Temple will be the Auburn football team's new offensive coordinator.

"Auburn is one of the special jobs and special places in college athletics with a tremendous amount of history and tradition," said Loeffler, who had been courted by several college teams before deciding to accept a position with the Tigers.

"It's an honor to be joining Coach Chizik's staff and I'm very appreciative of this opportunity," he added. "I'm excited to get started and look forward to beginning recruiting, meeting the players and staff, and interacting with the Auburn family."

The Temple offensive coordinator and quarterback coach has 14 years of experience at the collegiate and NFL levels. He replaces Gus Malzahn, who left Auburn after the Tigers' bowl victory over Virginia to become head coach at Arkansas State.

"Scot is a rising star who has worked with some very good quarterbacks, and has achieved a tremendous amount of success," Chizik said.

"He is a tireless worker, is an outstanding recruiter and knows the rigors of competing in this conference," Chizik added. "We're very excited to have Scot join our staff and we welcome him to the Auburn family."

The 37-year-old coach helped spark a resurgence of Temple football this past season as the Owls were one of the surprising teams in college football. It was his first season with the college in Philadelphia as he directed a multiple offense while serving as quarterback coach.

The Owls averaged 30.6 points per game during the 2011 season and posted a 9-4 record with a bowl victory over Wyoming.

Temple gained 383.3 yards per game with averages of 256.5 rushing yards per game and 126.8 passing yards per contest. Temple ranked seventh nationally in rushing. The Owls completed 81-175 passes with 11 going for touchdowns and four being intercepted.

Temple converted 116-1985 third downs, a 46 percent success rate, which was an area the 2011 Auburn offense struggled with throughout the season after being very good on third downs during the national title run the previous season.

Loeffler is shown on the job with Temple this past season. (photo courtesy of Temple University)

Loeffler has experience in the Southeastern Conference. He spent two seasons on Urban Meyer's coaching staff at the University of Florida.

The Gator quarterbacks led the nation in pass efficiency with a 167.3 rating in 2009 with Loeffler as their coach. They passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Florida ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game.

Loeffler coached Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency rating of 164.17. Tebow set five NCAA, 14 SEC and 14 University of Florida records.

Loeffler spent one season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, where the quarterbacks he coached threw for 2,960 yards in 2008. He is expected to coach the quarterbacks at Auburn, taking over the role handled by Malzahn the past three seasons.

Prior to joining the Lions, Loeffler coached the quarterbacks at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, for six seasons where he coached second-round draft pick Chad Henne. Under the direction of Loeffler, Henne became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS bowl game.

Henne set University of Michigan records for career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387). He helped develop John Navarre into the team's first All-Big Ten first-team quarterback since 1997.

A Barberton, Ohio, native, Loeffler served as Central Michigan's quarterbacks coach for two seasons in 2000-01. He played that position in college.

A quarterback for the Wolverines from 1993-96, Loeffler received his bachelor's degree in 1996. He helped coach two NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Brian Griese as a graduate assistant coach and a student assistant at Michigan and was a part of the coaching staff during the 1997 undefeated season and national championship run.

The new Auburn coach will be formally introduced by Chizik at a press conference scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Monday.


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