Auburn football: Kodi Burns hired as Samford's running backs coach

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comMay 12, 2014 

Auburn Football

Kodi Burns was announced as Samford's running backs coach on Monday. A former Auburn player, Burns served as an offensive graduate assistant for the Tigers last season.

TODD J. VAN EMST — Auburn University

AUBURN, Ala.Kodi Burns is moving on to the next phase of his career, as he was hired to coach Samford's running backs Monday.

Samford coach Pat Sullivan, who won the Heisman Trophy at Auburn in 1971, announced the move in an official release.

"Kodi has excelled as a player and coach, but more importantly, he is an outstanding person," Sullivan said. "He will be a tireless recruiter that will relate well to both our players and coaches. We could not be more excited to have Kodi join the Samford football family."

Burns spent last season working under Auburn coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee as a graduate assistant. It was the same role Burns had in 2012, when he served on Malzahn's staff at Arkansas State.

And Malzahn was quick to commend Burns on Monday.

"Thank you Kodi Burns for all you have done for Auburn!" he tweeted. "Congrats on being named the RB coach at Samford! You will do well."

Prior to embarking on a coaching career, Burns was a fan favorite in his four years on the Plains. Originally recruited as a quarterback, Burns started seven games at the spot in 2008. The following spring, however, he lost out to Chris Todd and gracefully accepted a move to wide receiver. Though he never produced staggering numbers, he came through on the biggest stage, as Burns scored on a 35-yard touchdown catch in Auburn's 2011 BCS title victory over Oregon.

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