A number of Auburn Tigers have taken spots on preseason watch lists in recent weeks and now Gus Malzahn is getting some attention, too.
The head coach was one of 19 coaches who landed on the 2017 preseason Dodd Trophy watch list on Wednesday morning.
The honor is given to a head coach who achieves excellence on the field, but also takes leadership, scholarship and integrity into consideration.
Malzahn is one of four coaches in consideration from the Southeastern Conference. Tennessee’s Butch Jones, Florida’s Jim McElwain and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are also on the list.
In five seasons as the head coach on the Plains, Malzahn has compiled a 35-18 record (.660).
Last season Malzahn’s job security seemed questionable after Auburn began the season losing two of its first three games. The Tigers, and the head coach, turned things around after a thrilling win over LSU.
Going into his sixth season at Auburn, Malzahn has been vocal about his team’s chance at success in 2017.
Malzahn was recognized as the SEC coach of the year after leading Auburn to one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history in 2013. During that season he was also named the Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden, Eddie Robinson, Home Depot and Associated Press national coach of the year.
The 2013 season was also just the third time a coach as won an SEC title in his first season at a school.