Though it’s hardly been more than a few hours, Auburn fans are already excited about and looking forward to watching new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey in action next fall.
That’s an understandable feeling, as Lindsey’s has had a meteoric rise from high school coach to one of the top jobs at one of the most prestigious programs in the country. Gus Malzahn isn’t the only one to recognize Lindsey’s talent, however, as in an interview with 247Sports, Washington State defensive coordinator Alex Grinch had high praise for the former Arizona State OC.
“I was real impressed going against him this year. I thought he did a very good job of maximizing personnel,” Grinch said, according to 247Sports’ Keith Niebuhr. “They used tempo. They had some injuries at quarterback but he found a way to overcome that with a bit of wildcat. He does a good job attacking you. With the run-pass stuff, the gaps and those things they are a pain in the tail defensively to gameplan against. Lindsey is the real deal.”
Grinch, who is the former safeties coach at Missouri and nephew of Gary Pinkel, played a large role in turning Washington State around the past couple of years, and although his Cougars beat Lindsey’s Sun Devils last season, Grinch came away from the experience with a lot of respect for Auburn’s newest hire.