Gus Malzahn, the quarterback whisperer

The next time some Auburn fan starts chirping about the next Heisman Trophy candidate popping up at his school, shove David Hale in his face.

The list of high-profile recruits to land in Malzahn’s lap over the years is a pretty long one: Mitch Mustain, Jeremy Johnson, Sean White, Woody Barrett, Jarrett Stidham and Joey Gatewood were all ESPN300 prospects. None developed into a star under Malzahn, whose best season came with converted cornerback Nick Marshall.

Sure sounds like that bodes well for Bo Nix.  So does this:

Screenshot_2020-07-07 😷💫🅰️♈️🆔😷 on Twitter Gus Malzahn has coached 7 ESPN300 QBs in his career He’s never had 1 throw 2[...]

Ooh, baby.


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18 responses to “Gus Malzahn, the quarterback whisperer

  1. I’ll admit the one I’m intrigued about that isn’t getting any play is David Shaw and Davis Mills at Stanford. There’s a reason Costello is now at Mississippi State with the Pirate.


  2. Dawg1

    Seems like Cam Newton is a success story, nor matter what the extra-curriculars were, no?

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    • siskey

      I don’t think Gus gets as much credit because Cam was such a force of nature. Like how Mike Cavan doesn’t get much credit for coaching up Herschel.

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    • Will (the other one)

      It was one season and Cam looked like a far better passer as a rookie than he did his one season under Gus.

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  3. Derek

    About time auburn gave him another contract extension.

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  4. Spike

    FTMF, too! Can I get an Amen?!?

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  5. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Well, it is a Gus BUS not a Gus Plane, so in a way, it makes a kind of sense.


  6. ASEF

    Gus rode Cam the same Weiss rode Brady. It’s taken forever for the glow from that 2010 magic carpet ride to wear off. Literally a decade.


  7. BMan

    Makes one wonder what exactly Gus is whispering. In all seriousness, the rule change and threat of enforcement about linemen blocking downfield on read-option passes takes away a great deal of the deception that Gus’s offense seems to rely on. I don’t know when that rule took full effect (or changed from three yards to one yard), but I’d be interested in seeing if there’s a correlation.


  8. aucarson

    Auburnfan started questioning Gus’s QB development when Jeremy Johnson tanked. That’s about the time Gus started using outside sources for QB skill training. I still say he’s the best coach Auburn will be able to keep until the Sabot’s battery runs down.


  9. Go Dawgs!

    I had no idea why New England was so gung ho to hitch their wagon to Jarrett Stidham, but I only saw what he managed to do at Auburn. LOL