*Courtesy Auburn Media Relations*
Former Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns has been hired as an assistant coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday. Burns will coach wide receivers and serve as co-offensive coordinator.
“I’m really excited to be back home at Auburn,” Burns said. “I was fortunate to be a part of very successful teams at Auburn, and I look forward to helping the program be successful in the future. I appreciate Coach Malzahn giving me this opportunity and I can’t wait to rejoin a lot of familiar faces on the offensive staff. I’m ready to go to work.”
Burns was a part of two Auburn BCS National Championship game teams as both a player and coach. As a senior wideout in 2010, he helped the Tigers to a perfect season and the BCS National Championship. Burns served as an offensive graduate assistant in 2013, helping Auburn to an SEC Championship and an appearance in the 2014 BCS Championship game.
“We’re excited to welcome Kodi back to our program,” Malzahn said. “He was a wide receiver on our national championship team in 2010 and was on our staff in 2013 when we played in the national title game. He is very familiar with our system and understands what it takes to win championships here at Auburn. Kodi is a bright football mind who coached two 1,000-yard receivers last year. He will be a big asset to our program.”
Burns, who played at Auburn from 2007-10, comes to Auburn from Arizona State where he had been named the running backs coach earlier this year.
Burns spent the 2015 season as the wide receivers coach at Middle Tennessee State, where he mentored Richie James and Ed Battlies. James led Conference USA with 108 receptions and his 1,346 receiving yards were third in the conference, and Battlies’ 82 receptions and 1,048 receiving yards ranked fourth and fifth in the conference, respectively.
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Burns was the running back coach at Samford University in 2014. Under Burns’ guidance, Bulldogs running back Denzel Williams racked up more than 1,000 all-purpose yards in 2014, including 918 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, en route to All-Southern Conference honors.
In 2013 at Auburn, Burns worked with the Tigers’ offense, including running back Tre Mason, one of six finalists for the 2013 Heisman Trophy and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, and a third round pick by the St. Louis Rams in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Prior to his coaching stint at Auburn, Burns was a graduate assistant at Arkansas State under Malzahn in 2012. The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference with a 9-3 record and Burns worked with an offense that included a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and 1,000-yard rusher.
Burns filled a variety of roles as a four-year letterwinner at Auburn. He was a quarterback his first two seasons at Auburn before he moved to receiver for the second half of his career.
In 2007 he became the first Auburn true freshman quarterback to start in a game since Gabe Gross in 1998, and he collected nearly 2,300 total yards and scored 22 touchdowns in his career, including the opening touchdown on a 35-yard pass in the Tigers’ win against Oregon in the 2011 BCS National Championship game.