Auburn, Ala.--The offensive coordinator for Auburn's 2004 undefeated SEC Championship team and one of the most respected minds in college football, Al Borges is returning to the Plains in an offensive analyst role, a source has confirmed to Inside The Auburn Tigers.
Borges will join Coach Gus Malzahn's staff after previously working for four seasons as Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterback coach from 2004-2007 on Coach Tommy Tuberville's staff. He will work with offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, who made the move to Auburn from Arizona State after the 2016 season.
Borges most recently was offensive coordinator at San Jose State the past two seasons. Prior to that he was offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at the University of Michigan from 2011-13 after spending the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator at San Diego State University.
Al Borges shown as an Auburn coach.
A 1981 graduate of California State University in Chico, Borges coached former Auburn and NFL quarterback Jason Campbell, a first round draft choice. Campbell passed for 7,229 yards, which is second in Auburn history by Stan White.
Another player coached by Borges, Brandon Cox, is third in Auburn history for total passing yards with 6,959. Cox completed 59.3 percent of his passes, which is sixth in AU history. Campbell's 64.6 percent trails only Cam Newton.
Borges began his coaching career in the high school ranks in 1975 in the state of California and moved into the collegiate ranks in 1982 as tight ends coach at Cal. His first offensive coordinator collegiate job came in 1983 at Diablo Valley College in California.
He worked as a defensive assistant coach in the pro ranks for the Oakland Invaders of the USFL in 1984-85 before returning to the college ranks where he was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Portland State from 1986-92. He handled the same posts at Boise State in 1993-94, Oregon in 1995, UCLA from 1996-2000, Cal in 2001 and for Indiana University in 2002-03.
A well-traveled veteran coach, Borges notes that he remembers previous coaching stops as pluses or minuses. “When I think of Auburn, I think of nothing but plus,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers in an interview before coaching his San Jose State team vs. AU in 2015. “My four years coaching there, I would not trade anything for it.
“The end wasn’t all that good, but in the nature of my job, the ebb and flow of my job, it isn’t always going to be smooth.” (Borges was fired at the end of the 2007 season by Tuberville)
The coach points out that he enjoyed working in the SEC and the interaction with Auburn fans because of their passion for the game.
“The Auburn fans were awesome,” he said. “They didn’t always like me because I am the offensive coordinator and there are times they are not going to like me, but they were always respectful and good to me. I always had such a great feeling about Auburn football and Auburn people.
“And, I am going to tell you something,” he added. “When I was 20-something years old I would never have thought I would want to live in Alabama, but after my five years I lived in Alabama it was awesome. I loved living in Alabama and I wouldn’t mind living there again.”