It didn’t take long for Auburn to replace one former player with another on their newly reshuffled coaching staff. One day after wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinatorDameyune Craig bolted for LSU, Gus Malzahn hired former Auburn wide receiverKodi Burns just one month after being named running backs coach at Arizona State. Burns will serve as wide receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator beside Rhett Lashlee. Burns was a quarterback and wide receiver for Tommy Tuberville and Gene Chizik.
Burns played from 2007 through 2010 and was part of the team along with Cam Newton when they beat Oregon in the BCS National Championship Game. Burns was mostly a quarterback, but switched to wide receiver in his senior year to make room for Newton. Burns played under Malzahn while he was offensive coordinator at Auburn and worked under him as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State, where they went 10-3 before heading back to Auburn as head coach. Last season, he served as wide receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State where he showed his true production.
Burns helped produce two 1,000 yard receivers despite a 7-6 record. Richie James led the team with 1,346 yards and eight touchdowns when Ed Batties was second with 1,048 yards and 13 touchdowns. It helped Blue Raiders quarterback Brent Stockstillthrow for 4,005 yards and 30 touchdowns and earned a trip to the Bahamas Bowl. The Blue Raiders were ranked fourth in passing offense in C-USA and fifteenth in the country. Auburn was ranked 12th in the SEC last season in passing offense.
Even with the severe shuffling of the coaching staff, here’s to hoping that Burns can produce some receiving talent and put Auburn back in the SEC West hunt. It might take more than Spring practice to find out who next year’s starting quarterback is, but with the championship experience that Burns has, it can go a long way to help their offensive woes.
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