Auburn coach Gus Malzahn

Gus Malzahn is entering his 7th season at Auburn, where enough never seems to be enough, especially in a state where Alabama is clearly king. Malzahn has averaged nine wins a season over the last three years, yet he’s on the “hotseat” once again because he’s not Nick Saban. And to his credit, Malzahn isn’t happy with eight and nine win seasons. He knows the expectations of his fanbase and agrees with them. And he knows 3-5 n the league isn’t going to cut it. Malzahn has to find a new quarterback this season, but he feels his defense will be the best of his tenure, so that could by him some time with the offense. The Tigers will open their season August 31st against Oregon in Dallas.

Gus Malzahn at SEC Media Days

Auburn at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)

Overall           Conference

Auburn Tigers                          8-5                   3-5        Won Music City Bowl against Purdue

Gus Malzahn 7th season        53-27                28-20

 Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 30.9 8 48
Rushing Yards per game 167.5 10 68
Passing yards per game 222.5 9 75
Total yards per game 389.9 11 78
Points allowed per game 19.2 5 15
Rushing yards allowed per game 136.4 6 32
Passing yards allowed per game 219.5 7 58
Total yards allowed per game 355.8 8 38

The Tigers return 17 starters, 8 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

    Statistical Leaders Returning

RB Games Yards TD AVG
JaTarvious Whitlow 13 960 8 5.8
Kam Martin 11 522 1 4.6
WR Games Yards TD REC
Seth Williams 10 534 5 26
Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Marlon Davidson 46 4.5 0 2.5
Nick Coe 26 13.5 0 7.0
Derrick Brown 48 10.5 0 4.5
Jeremiah Dinson 64 4.0 2 1.0
Daniel Thomas 74 2.0 2 0

Returning Starters Offense

RB JaTarvious Whitlow

RB Kam Martin

WR Seth Williams

LT Prince Wanogho

LG Marquel Harrell

C Kaleb Kim

RG Mike Horton

RT Jack Driscoll

Returning Starters Defense

DE Marlon Davidson

DE Nick Coe

DT Derrick Brown

CB Noah Igbinoghene

CB Javaris Davis

S Jeremiah Dinson

S Daniel Thomas

Special Teams

K Anders Carlson

P Arryn Siposs 

Key Losses

QB Jarrett Stidham

FB Chandler Cox

WR Ryan Davis

WR Darius Slayton

DT Dontavius Russell

LB Deshaun Davis

LB Darrell Williams

CB Jamel Dean