Gus Malzahn endorses Rhett Lashlee for Broyles Award

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*From Auburn Media Relations*

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn's Gus Malzahn won it when he was Auburn's offensive coordinator in 2010, and now his protégée has been nominated for the award.

Malzahn says current Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee would be a worthy winner of the Broyles Award, which goes to college football's top assistant coach.

"I feel like he's one of the best in the business at what he does," Malzahn said after Wednesday's practice. "He has a lot more wisdom, and really experience, for his age. He deserves to be in that group."

Lashlee was 29 when he was named Auburn's offensive coordinator. He's already up to 30 as he heads into Saturday's game against Alabama with an offense that is No. 1 in rushing and ranked No. 2 in total offense in the Southeastern Conference.

Lashlee is one of 40 nominees for the award. The winner will be announced Dec. 10.

•Malzahn said Wednesday was a "solid practice." On Thursday, "we're going to have a very light practice and then let our guys enjoy Thanksgiving. We'll go through our normal Friday routine after that."

•Malzahn said he can't pinpoint the day when quarterback Nick Marshall figured out the offense.

"I think there's been a lot of different times that's happened with his growth," Malzahn.

Malzahn said much of Marshall's growth occurred away from the fans.

"The majority of them have been at practice," Malzahn said.

"He's one of our leaders and it's always good when your quarterback is a natural leader. When he does talks, his teammates listen. He's got the respect of his teammates and his coaches."

•Auburn has issued more than 550 media credentials for Saturday's game.

•Al Jones of Decatur will be in the stands Saturday... just like he's been the last 66 times Auburn has played Alabama. He's an Alabama fan who has seen it all.