January 23rd, 2012 09:24 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Gus Malzahn, Tom Brady
Auburn has hired former Florida quarterbacks coach and current Temple offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler as the man to replace Gus Malzahn. He did great things with the Owls run game last year (they were seventh in the nation) and his pre-Temple resume features work with a number of top college quarterbacks: Tim Tebow, Chad Henne, Tom Brady, Brian Griese, Drew Henson and John Navarre.
Still, AU fans didn’t go into the coordinator search with Loeffler’s name on their tip of their lips. There are questions today as to what changes he will make to Malzhan’s hundred-mile-an-hour spread system.
“Scot is a rising star whao has worked with some very good quarterbacks, has achieved a tremendous amount of success,” Gene Chizik said via statement. “He is a tireless worker, is an outstanding recruiter and knows the rigors of competing in this conference.”
After a lengthy stint at Michigan — look at that quaterbacks list again — Loeffler joined Urban Meyer’s Florida staff for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. In 2009, he was Tebow’s position coach… when Superman rolled up a 164.17 passer rating.
Meyer’s offense was a spread offense, but it differed from Malzahn’s. Still, it’s likely Auburn will remain a run-first team and now they have an experienced quarterbacks coach to coax the maximum from Clint Moseley, Kiehl Frazier and newcomer Zeke Pike.
Auburn recruit JaQuay Williams said last week that Chizik had told him the Tigers would still be a spread team (three- and four-receiver sets) with a bit more pro-style added to the mix. Loeffler seems like a good fit to create that blend.
“Auburn is one of the special jobs and special places in college athletics with a tremendous amount of history and tradition,” Loeffler said of his new home. “I’m excited to get started and look forward to beginning recruiting, meeting the players and staff, and interacting with the Auburn family.”
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