AUBURN, Ala. — It’s no secret Auburn’s offense is playing much better since Gus Malzahn handed the reins to his protege, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.
Auburn’s 56-3 beatdown of Arkansas was the latest in a strong run for Lashlee as the Tigers’ primary play-caller, and the coaching performance earned him the title of national offensive coordinator of the week by CoachingSearch.com.
“Auburn had an SEC regular-season record 543 rushing yards in a 56-3 win over Arkansas, averaging 9.5 yards per carry,” Chris Vannini of CoachingSearch.com wrote Sunday morning. “Five different Tigers averaged at least 7 yards per rush. The Auburn offense has found its rhythm since Lashlee took over play-calling, and his game-plan worked to perfection against the Hogs.”
Lashlee has been out of the national spotlight since becoming a finalist for the Broyles Award, which is given annually to the top assistant coach in college football, during the 2013 season. But since taking play-calling duties, Auburn’s offense has been one of the hottest in the country, and the Tigers are 4-0 with the change in command.
“It feels great. We were clicking. Rhett really had it going,” Malzahn said Saturday night. “He and Herb Hand had a good plan and got the tempo going. … When we get the tempo going, especially being able to tempo and downhill run, we are at our best.”
Lashlee is the only SEC assistant coach to be honored by CoachingSearch.com in Week 8. He is also the first Auburn coach to be named to the website’s national “assistant staff of the week” in the 2016 season.