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.
|Steve Addazio||Boston College|
|Tim DeRuyter||Fresno State|
|Jimbo Fisher||Florida State|
|Mark Dantonio||Michigan State|
|Rod Carey||Northern Illinois|
|Urban Meyer||Ohio State|
|Mike Gundy||Oklahoma State|