Auburn Football 2012: Scot Loeffler Hired to Replace Gus Malzahn as Coordinator

Kevin McGradySenior Writer IJanuary 23, 2012

DETROIT - 2008:  Scot Loeffler of the Detroit Lions poses for his 2008 NFL headshot at photo day in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Getty Images)
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The staff at Auburn is now complete for the 2012 season.

According to, Scot Loeffler has been hired as the replacement for Gus Malzahn at offensive coordinator. Between 2001 and 2010, he was a quarterbacks coach at Central Michigan, Michigan, the Detroit Lions and Florida Gators.

His first confirmed game-calling offensive plays were in the 2009 Sugar Bowl, where Florida scored over 50 points against Big East champion Cincinnati.

During the 2011 season, Coach Loeffler moved up to the offensive coordinator position at Temple. He orchestrated a multiple offense there that ended the season ranked seventh nationally in rushing.

His offense at Temple utilized a tight end, full back and tail back as starting players. His offense ran about 65 plays per game on average and produced 5.97 yards per play. They were ranked 20th in the nation on third-down conversions at 46.29 percent.

The 2011 Temple offense was ranked third in the nation in turnovers lost with only 12 on the season. They were ranked 33 nationally in passing efficiency.

His 2011 offense was good in the red zone, scoring 86 percent of the time. Those scores included 28 touchdowns and 14 field goals on the season. They ranked 11th nationally in time of possession, averaging 32:49 per game.

Coach Scot Loeffler has coached six quarterbacks who made it to the NFL. The list includes several current NFL quarterbacks.

This was an offense that played smash-mouth football, running the ball 636 times for an average of 5.24 yards per carry. They only passed the ball 32 percent of the time, averaging 8.32 yards per attempt.

It would appear Auburn fans are going to see an offense less tempo-oriented and more power-based for the 2012 season.