Opelika, Ala.--There aren’t many coaches anywhere who know new Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey as well as Opelika High's Brian Blackmon.
Roommates for a year at North Alabama with Gus Malzahn's new hire, Blackmon has followed the career of Lindsey very closely from his time coaching at Hoover High to Lassiter High in Georgia to Troy, Auburn, Southern Miss and Arizona State and a variety of high schools prior to that including Colbert Heights , Florence, Deshler, Sparkman and Springville in the state of Alabama.
Witnessing Lindsey's progression as an offensive coach every step of the way, Blackmon declared that Auburn hired a really good coordinator. Malzahn announced the addition of Lindsey to his staff on Saturday morning and the coach is expected to be in Auburn later in the day to meet with prospects in for an official visit weekend.
“Chip is very, very knowledgeable in the passing game,” Blackmon tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “If you look back at his career as a football coach, as a high school coach here in Alabama and over in Georgia, he’s very proficient in throwing the football.
“It’s something I think he’s got a knack and knowledge for. I think when you look at the production he’s put up everywhere, at Southern Miss and Arizona State, they have been successful moving the ball both on the ground and through the air.”
Known mostly for his success throwing the football, Lindsey is thought of by some as a Gus Malzahn protege because of his one year spent at Auburn as an offensive analyst for the 2013 season. Blackmon said that’s not accurate because that was more about Lindsey developing himself as a coach.
“I think that’s where his expertise is and where his passions were,” Blackmon said of the passing game. “I think he actually came to Auburn to learn how to run the ball better. I think what he has developed over time in his career is really a balanced attack.
“He’s certainly very proficient at throwing the ball and I think he’s a great fit at Auburn. Chip is a family man, a man of high character, and I think he’ll be a tremendous asset at Auburn University.”
With contacts all over Alabama and Georgia from his time coaching in the region, Blackmon predicts that Lindsey will also do a great job recruiting for the Tigers in his new role as offensive coordinator in addition to what he brings to the table on the field.
“He’s going to hit the ground running,” Blackmon said. “He’s already got open doors in high schools in areas that Auburn recruits heavily. He’s going to be able to do that.
“He’s really, really a good quarterback coach. He’s going to do a tremendous job with quarterbacks. You can look at the quarterbacks he’s coached, whether it be Hutson Mason at Lassiter or Nick Mullens, who he coached at Spain Park and Southern Miss, he’s a very good quarterback coach. I’m really excited to have Chip and his family coming back to this area.”