AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn football went 41-9 when Al Borges was offensive coordinator. This year, coach Gus Malzahn wants to bring some of that expertise back to the Plains.
Borges will be an offensive analyst for the 2017 season under Malzahn and Chip Lindsey, who enters his first year as the Tigers offensive coordinator. Malzahn said at SEC Media Days that Borges will serve a special purpose for Auburn’s new play caller.
“(Borges) will be a sounding board for Chip,” Malzahn said. “He’s a guy with wisdom who’s been in this league, which I think is very important. He’s a guy who has been successful in this league.”
Auburn hired Borges in April to the offensive analyst role. He won’t be able to coach players on the field, but he can assist the staff off the field.
Borges is known for his Gulf Coast Offense, a run-first version of the West Coast scheme. In Auburn’s first season with Borges, the Tigers went undefeated and won the SEC championship with Jason Campbell, Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown.
Borges stayed at Auburn until the end of the 2007 season, when the Tigers replaced him with Tony Franklin and his spread scheme. He spent two years at San Diego State under Brady Hoke and followed him to Michigan. Borges spent the last two seasons as the offensive coordinator at San Jose State.
In May, Lindsey said Borges would work primarily with Larry Porter, who also enters his first season at Auburn. Porter will coach tight ends and H-backs, two positions he’s never trained at the collegiate level.
In 2015, Borges’ top receiver at San Jose State was tight end Billy Freeman, who had 48 catches for 586 yards and 6 touchdowns. Malzahn said a larger role for tight ends could be the “biggest difference” for Auburn’s offense in 2017.
“I met Al when I was a high school coach in (Georgia),” Lindsey said in May before an alumni club event in LaGrange, Ga. “I’ve known him for a long time, and I know he’s excited to be back in Auburn.”