Gus Malzahn Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

Malzahn leads Tigers to impressive victory over the No. 1 team in the country

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2017) – Officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl today announced that Auburn Head Football Coach Gus Malzahn has been selected as The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week.

The Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week honors the football coach whose program embodies the award’s three pillars of scholarship, leadership and integrity, while also having success on the playing field during the previous week.

“Coach Malzahn and the Tigers made a statement to the entire country by coming out and pulling off a dominant victory over the No. 1 team in the land,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “Auburn now looks to be a serious contender for another SEC West title going into a massive Iron Bowl matchup in a couple of weeks.”

Until Saturday, no team has been able to do what Coach Malzahn and the Tigers accomplished: earn a 40-17 victory over the No. 1 ranked and previously undefeated Georgia Bulldogs. Auburn outgained Georgia 488-230 and is now 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs when both teams are ranked in the top 10. The win marked the Tigers’ ninth all-time victory against a top-2 opponent and first since defeating No. 1 Alabama in 2013.

In four years as head coach at Auburn, Malzahn has led the Tigers to four consecutive bowl games, a Southeastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game (2013). He has also directed the Tigers to three New Year’s Day bowl games in four seasons, which is a program first since 2004-06.

In addition to Auburn’s on-field accolades under Malzahn, the program has also made significant strides in the classroom under his leadership as well. The Tigers earned an Academic Progress Rating (APR) score of 980 last season. In addition to an impressive APR score, more than 100 players have graduated since Malzahn’s arrival. During the fall 2016 semester, Malzahn’s student-athletes recorded a program-best 56 players who earned a 3.0 grade point average (GPA).

In addition to his coaching duties, Malzahn and his wife Kristi recently created the Malzahn Family Foundation, Inc., with the goal to give back to the local Auburn community. He has also been an active participant in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge for the last five years, recently earning  $25,000 in scholarship and charity for A Level Up, Inc. and an endowed scholarship at Auburn this past year.

“A win of this magnitude shows that Coach Malzahn knows how to make his players winners on the field,” said Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Chairman Percy Vaughn.  “But you can see from his player’s success in the classroom that he’s also preparing them for life beyond football, which was one of Coach Dodd’s core beliefs.”

The Dodd Trophy presented by the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl – along with the Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week award – celebrates the head coach of a FBS team who enjoys success on the gridiron, while also stressing the importance of scholarship, leadership and integrity.

2017 Dodd Coach of the Week Winners
Week Coach School
1 Jim Mora UCLA
2 Lincoln Riley Oklahoma
3 And Mullen Mississippi State
4 Gary Patterson TCU
5 Mike Leach Washington State
6 Matt Campbell Iowa State
7 Dino Babers Syracuse
8 Brian Kelly Notre Dame
9 Urban Meyer Ohio State
10 Kirk Ferentz Iowa
11 Gus Malzahn Auburn

A panel consisting of all previous winners, national media, a member of the Dodd family and a College Football Hall of Fame member will identify the final list of potential recipients at the conclusion of the 2017 season. The winner of the 2017 Dodd Trophy will be announced in Atlanta during Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Week.

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About the Dodd Trophy
The Dodd Trophy was established in 1976 to honor the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division 1A) head football coach whose program represents the highest ideals on and off the field. The award honors the coach of a team which enjoys a successful football season, while also stressing the importance of academic excellence and character, as did Coach Dodd’s teams during his 22 years as head football coach of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Coach Dodd remains one of college football’s legendary figures, both as a coach and a player. Coach Dodd was a native of Galax, Virginia, and played his college ball at the University of Tennessee where his team had 27 wins, one loss and two ties during the three years he played. Coach Dodd was selected to the National College Football Hall of Fame both as a coach and as a player. Additional information about the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation can be found at www.TheDoddTrophy.com. For news, updates and insider information, follow us on Twitter at @DoddTrophy or find us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/DoddTrophy.

About Peach Bowl, Inc.
Peach Bowl, Inc. operates the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, one of the New Year’s Six Bowls selected to host the College Football Playoff. This season, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl is celebrating its Golden Season, including its 50-year history of traditions and successes as the nation’s ninth-oldest bowl organization. The Bowl has earned a reputation as one of the most competitive bowls in the country, with 51 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $160 million in team payouts over its 50-year history and has increased team payout every year since 1996. The Bowl also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $21 million to organizations in need since 2002. Peach Bowl, Inc. also runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament and manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.