Auburn has landed its next offensive coordinator to take over for Rhett Lashlee. Head coach Gus Malzahn has hired Chip Lindsey away from Arizona State.
Auburn has found its new offensive coordinator.
Chip Lindsey, who previously worked as a head coach at the high school level in Alabama and as an offensive analyst at Auburn in 2013, will replace Rhett Lashlee and become the Tigers’ new offensive leader. Lashlee left The Plains on Jan. 11 to take over the offense at UConn.
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Lindsey arrives from Arizona State, where he led a Sun Devils offense that ranked 39th nationally in passing (259.3 yards per game) and 40th in scoring (33.3 points per game).
“My family and I are very excited to return to Auburn and our home state,” Lindsey said in a statement to the school’s website. “Both are very special places to us. I looking forward to reuniting with coach Malzahn and his staff. They are great coaches and great people. I look forward to being part of something special and helping Auburn win championships.”
While running the offense at Southern Miss before his stop in Tempe, Lindsey helped the Golden Eagles rank 12th in total offense and 13th in scoring in 2015. Golden Eagles quarterback Nick Mullens was named Conference USA player of the year after throwing for 4,476 yards with 38 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
“I’m excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family,” head coach Gus Malzahn said in a statement to the school’s website. “I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession.”
Lindsey is expected to be Auburn’s offensive play-caller, which is what Lashlee did after Malzahn gave up those duties following a 1-2 start last year. Lindsey will be running an offense that will feature running backs Kamryn Pettway and Kerryon Johnson as well as returning starting quarterback Sean White and former Baylor signal-caller Jarrett Stidham.
Auburn had a better year offensively in 2016 than it did in 2015, ranking 43rd in total offense (440.8 yards per game), though the Tigers threw for their fewest yards since 2012.