How good has Auburn’s Gus Malzahn been at developing quarterbacks since beginning his career as a football coach in 1991?
If awards are a gauge of his effectiveness, Malzahn has pumped out a Heisman winner, a Sun Belt Player of the Year, a Conference USA Player of the Year, a USA Today National High School Player of the Year and an AP Arkansas Player of the Year.
And he’s not even 50 yet and just finished his first season as the head coach at a power program.
As Ron Higgins of The Times-Picayune stated earlier this month, Malzahn is like “The Quarterback Whisperer.”
How does he do it?
For some insight on how it works, he told Higgins, “You evaluate a quarterback’s strengths and you try not to ask them to do things they aren’t really good at.”
Malzahn’s coaching express has made stops at the high school level in Arkansas at: Hughes from 1991-1995, Shiloh Christian from 1996-2000 and Springdale from 2001-2005. His college roles include: Arkansas in 2006 (offensive coordinator), Tulsa from 2007-08 (offensive coordinator), Auburn from 2009-2011 (offensive coordinator), Arkansas State in 2012 (head coach) and Auburn in 2013 (head coach).
For proof of his ability as a quarterback kingmaker, take a look at the impressive short list of young athletes he’s already worked with.
Statistics courtesy of College Football Statistics, College Football Data Warehouse and Sports Reference/College Football. Biographical information courtesy of Auburn, Shiloh Christian, USC, Tulsa, Arkansas State and Ole Miss.