Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement Sunday that he would move quickly to find a replacement for wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, who accepted the same position at LSU.
It appears he has made good on his word.
Auburn has hired Arizona State running backs coach and former Auburn player Kodi Burns to replace Craig, the school announced on Monday.
“I’m really excited to be back home at Auburn,” Burns said in a press release. “I was fortunate to be a part of very successful teams at Auburn, and I look forward to helping the program be successful in the future. I appreciate Coach Malzahn giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to rejoin a lot of familiar faces on the offensive staff. I’m ready to go to work.”
Burns leaves Arizona State after being hired in early January. He previously served as the running backs coach for Samford (2014) and receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State (2015). The Arkansas native was also a graduate assistant under Malzahn at Arkansas State (2012) and Auburn (2013).
Burns played for Auburn from 2007-2010 and caught a touchdown pass in the Tigers’ 22-19 national championship victory over Oregon in 2010. It seems he is now on the verge of coaching the next crop of Tigers receivers.
“We’re excited to welcome Kodi back to our program,” coach Gus Malzahn said. “He was a wide receiver on our national championship team in 2010 and was on our staff in 2013 when we played in the national title game. He is very familiar with our system and understands what it takes to win championships here at Auburn. Kodi is a bright football mind who coached two 1,000-yard receivers last year. He will be a big asset to our program.”