Just as quick as a coaching position in football was left open, Auburn University filled it. The Tigers announced on their website and on Twitter that they have hired 27-year-old former Auburn wide receiver Kodi Burns to the WR coach and co-offensive coordinator position left vacant by Dameyune Craig, who left for LSU.
The hiring was also reported on Twitter by Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated.
Burns wasn’t a wide receiver to begin his collegiate career, but rather a quarterback. He was recruited out of Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas by Auburn and Arkansas as well as other programs and was instrumental in getting the Tigers a 23-20 overtime victory in the 2007 Chick-Fil-A Bowl, with a 10-yard rushing touchdown. Prior to the 2009 season, he was asked to move to wide receiver and then became known as a clutch possession receiver, catching a touchdown pass in the 2010 SEC Championship game from Chris Todd and a 35-yard touchdown pass from Cam Newton in the 2011 BCS Championship Game against Oregon.
A few years after his playing career ended, Burns turned his focus to coaching, starting out as a graduate assistant for Arkansas State in 2012 and Auburn in 2013. Burns was then hired as a running backs coach for Samford. In 2014, he accepted the wide receiver coaching position at Middle Tennessee and then went back to coaching running backs at Arizona State before now leaving for his alma mater.
It certainly makes sense to hire Burns as the wide receivers coach, given his experience at the position on the collegiate level. However, the decision to make him co-offensive coordinator is somewhat questionable. Aside from a couple of positional coaching positions and being a former quarterback, Burns doesn’t have much experience for the offensive line, which is just as important as any other offensive position. That said, it’s going to be interesting to see how Burns handles his new duties in 2016.
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