Gus Malzahn Named Dodd Trophy Coach of the Week

ATLANTA (Sept. 4, 2018) – 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 Coach of the Week Award 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 No. 9 Tigers secured a victory against No. 6 Washington at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta last Saturday. In what was the only top-10 matchup of the weekend, Auburn rallied for a 21-16 victory over the Huskies when JaTarvious Whitlow ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 6:15 remaining in the game. The Tigers’ defense preserved the win with a fierce pass rush against Jake Browning in a game that was largely controlled by both team’s defenses. With the win, the Tigers have now won five of their six season openers under Malzahn.

“As the highest-ranked opening weekend matchup, the outcome of this game has a significant impact on the College Football Playoff race for both teams,” said Jim Terry, chairman of the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation. “ESPN even ranked this game as the third-most important game for the CFP race throughout the entire season, so Auburn’s signature out-of-conference victory should be a significant resume builder in the eyes of the CFP selection committee.”

Malzahn was named Auburn’s 26th head coach in 2013 after serving as Auburn’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009 to 2011, and then as Arkansas State’s head coach in 2012.  Since becoming head coach five years ago, Malzahn has led the Tigers to a 46-22 record, five consecutive bowl games, a Southeastern Conference Championship, two SEC West Division titles and an appearance in the BCS National Championship Game. Under Malzahn, Auburn became the first team to ever defeat two CFP No. 1-ranked teams during the same season in 2017. Auburn also averaged 40.9 points and 491.1 yards in SEC action last season, both program bests, while winning five of seven conference games by 21 points or more. In 2013, Malzahn earned eight different coaching awards including the Associated Press National Coach of the Year award and SEC Coach of the Year honors.

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, which represented the third-highest score in the SEC.

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 six years, recently earning $37,500 in scholarship and charity for the Fort Smith Boys and Girls Club and an endowed scholarship at Auburn this past year.

“Not only is Malzahn an exceptional head coach on the field, but has led Auburn to great success in the classroom and has positively impacted the Auburn community,” said Peach Bowl, Inc. CEO and President Gary Stokan. “Auburn has continuously been a leader in the SEC academically under his guidance.”

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.

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 2018 season. The winner of the 2018 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 the 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. Last year, the Peach Bowl celebrated 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 54 percent of its games being decided by a touchdown or less. Peach Bowl, Inc. has disbursed $240.5 million in team payouts over its 50-year history. Peach Bowl, Inc. also leads all other bowl game organizations in charitable and scholarship contributions, giving more than $31.6 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, manages The Dodd Trophy national coach of the year award and led the relocation and financial foundation of the College Football Hall of Fame to Atlanta. For more information, visit Chick-fil-APeachBowl.com or follow us on Twitter at @CFAPeachBowl and find us on Facebook at Facebook.com/CFAPeachBowl.