Malzahn Ready To Be A Tiger

New Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn talks about his excitement at joining Gene Chizik's staff following a blowout win over Ball State in the GMAC Bowl.

Mobile, Ala.--The questions started immediately following the GMAC Bowl for former Tulsa coordinator and new Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Why choose Auburn? Was it tough to leave Tulsa? Is it really the move you want to make right now, moving from a stable position to one at Auburn?

Malzahn didn't flinch on his decision to head to Auburn one bit.

"It's definitely the move I want to make," Malzahn said. "I'm tickled to death to go to Auburn and I can't wait to get started. I'm ready to go."

Malzahn will hit the ground running for the Tigers as he headed to Auburn Tuesday night following the Tulsa victory over Ball State. He said he's excited about the opportunity he has with a new staff at Auburn and new opportunities.

"I'm really looking forward to working there and going to work full time," Malzahn said. "I'm just ready to get there.

"I'm going back for a team meeting in the morning," he added. "I'll have a chance to meet the guys. Then I'm hitting the road after that and we won't look back."

Along with Malzahn, Auburn coach Gene Chizik has hired running backs coach Curtis Luper and wide receivers coach Trooper Taylor from Oklahoma State as well as tight ends and special teams coach Jay Boulware from Iowa State to coch offense. Malzahn said he can't wait to see what the staff can accomplish after talking with the new hires this week.

"I tell you what, Coach Chizik is putting together a great staff," Malzahn said. "The offensive guys we've hired so far are second to none. It's really coming together. It's really going to be a great staff."

Part of the job for Malzahn and his new offensive staff will not only be to evaluate recruits to decide what positions to target heading into signing day, but also to try to evaluate the current Auburn players as much as possible during that time as well. Malzahn said all of it is important to let them know which direction to head on the recruiting trail.

"I have watched film one day," Malzahn said. "I think you need to access the situation and get as much information as you can. Then you develop a plan to better yourself and improve areas you need to improve. That's what we're doing."

There is one thing for sure and that is Malzahn leaves Tulsa after a performance for the ages. Despite a driving rainstorm at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the Golden Hurricane blew away Ball State 45-13 with over 600 yards of total offense and over 400 of that coming on the ground.

Now it's on to Auburn for Malzahn and if Tuesday is any indication, it should be a fun ride.

Inside The AU Tigers Top Stories