Malzahn Named Maxwell COY Semi-Finalist

Auburn's Gus Malzahn has been named a semi-finalist for the Maxwell Award Coach of the Year

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn Coach Gus Malzahn has led the Tigers to one of the biggest turnaround seasons in college football history, going from a 3-9 mark in 2012 to currently 10-1 heading into the Iron Bowl on Nov. 30 against Alabama. That has caught the attention of the Maxwell Football Club and its president, Ron Jaworski, as Malzahn was named as one of 16 semi-finalists for collegiate coach of the year on Wednesday.

In his first season back on the Plains to take the job as the head coach after serving as offensive coordinator from 2009-2011, Malzahn has turned the program around in a very short time. Currently sixth in the BCS standings, Auburn will face Alabama in the final game of the regular season with a berth in the SEC Championship game on the line.

Taking over a team that averaged just 18.7 points per game while allowing 28.3 in 2012, Malzahn and his staff have changed the fortunes dramatically for Auburn football. Already with 429 points scored this season, the third-highest total in Auburn history trailing only 2010 (577) and 2009 (433), the Tigers' offense is leading the SEC in rushing while the defense has made huge strides in several areas under the guidance of coordinator Ellis Johnson.

The winner of the Maxwell Football Club Collegiate Coach of the Year will be announced on Dec. 17. Penn State's Bill O'Brien was last year's winner.

The other finalists include:

Nick Saban Alabama
Art Briles Baylor
Steve Addazio Boston College
Dabo Swinney Clemson
David Cutcliffe Duke
Tim DeRuyter Fresno State
Jimbo Fisher Florida State
Mark Dantonio Michigan State
Gary Pinkel Missouri
Rod Carey Northern Illinois
Urban Meyer Ohio State
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
George O'Leary UCF
Ed Orgeron USC
Gary Anderson Wisconsin

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