Malzahn a semifinalist for Maxwell coach of the year award

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is a semifinalist for the Maxwell coach of the year award. (Todd J. Van Emst/Auburn University)

Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn is a semifinalist for the Maxwell coach of the year award. (Todd J. Van Emst/Auburn University)

AUBURN – Gus Malzahn was named a semifinalist for the Maxwell Collegiate Coach of the Year Award, the Maxwell Football Club announced Wednesday morning. The first-year Auburn head coach is one of 16 semifinalists for the award.

Semifinalist voting takes place this week, followed by voting for a field of finalists. The winner will be announced Dec. 17.

No. 6 Auburn is 10-1 overall and 6-1 in SEC play under Malzahn and experiencing the biggest turnaround in college football this season. After going 3-9 and winless in conference play in 2012, Malzahn has the Tigers set to host top-ranked Alabama in the Iron Bowl with the SEC West division title in the balance.

Auburn is coming off a miraculous 43-38 win over Georgia on a 73-yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Ricardo Louis on fourth-and-18 with 25 seconds to go.

The list of the 16 semifinalists is as follows.

Name School
Nick Saban Alabama
Gus Malzahn Auburn
Art Briles Baylor
Steve Addazio Boston College
Dabo Swinney Clemson
David Cutcliffe Duke
Tim DeRuyter Fresno State
Jimbo Fisher Florida State
Mark Dantonio Michigan State
Gary Pinkel Missouri
Rod Carey Northern Illinois
Urban Meyer Ohio State
Mike Gundy Oklahoma State
George O’Leary UCF
Ed Orgeron USC
Gary Andersen Wisconsin