A day after losing Dameyune Craig to LSU, Auburn has hired another receivers coach.
Arizona State running backs coach Kodi Burns, who was a former receiver and quarterback at Auburn, will be the next receivers coach on The Plains, Auburn announced on Monday.
“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 played for the Tigers from 2007-10, and scored a touchdown in Auburn's 22-19 win over Oregon in the 2010 BCS National Championship. He also served as a quarterback in 2008 before switching positions.
“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 was brought back as a graduate assistant in 2013, and became the Samford running backs coach in 2014. He spent 2015 at the same position at Middle Tennessee State before being hired at Arizona State in January.