Auburn's Gus Malzahn named AP coach of year

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Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn looks at the scoreboard during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game against Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/April L. Brown)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) -- Auburn's Gus Malzahn is the Associated Press coach of the year.

Malzahn received the honor Monday after directing one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history.

He has led the second-ranked Tigers into the national championship game against No. 1 Florida State. They have gone from 3-9 to 12-1 in his debut season.

Malzahn says the honor is "very humbling" but awards like this are a team accomplishment.

He received 33 votes from AP Top 25 college football poll voters to beat out Duke's David Cutcliffe. Cutcliffe received 17 votes after leading Duke (10-3) to its first 10-win season. Florida State's Jimbo Fisher and Michigan State's Mark Dantonio each received three votes.

Malzahn is the second Auburn coach to win the award, joining Tommy Tuberville in 2004.


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