Offensive Coaching Staff
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks
Like his new boss, Chip Lindsey made his mark in high school football, made the jump to offensive coordinator in college, and then earned an opportunity to call plays at Auburn.
Coach Gus Malzahn hired Lindsey Saturday to be Auburn's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Lindsey spent 2016 coordinating the offense and coaching quarterbacks at Arizona State, where the Sun Devils averaged 33.3 points per game.
"I'm excited to welcome Chip Lindsey to the Auburn family," Malzahn said. "I have the utmost confidence in his ability to lead our offense and his strength in developing quarterbacks makes him the perfect fit. Chip is a man of integrity and character who will fit well within our staff. He has great knowledge and enthusiasm for the game and is a rising star in this profession."
Lindsey was an offensive analyst under Malzahn at Auburn in 2013, when the Tigers won the SEC Championship and played in the BCS National Championship Game.
From there, he was the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss in 2014-15. Lindsey's Golden Eagles offense set five school records in 2015, including points (528), which ranked No. 7 nationally. Lindsey developed USM quarterback Nick Mullens, the 2015 Conference USA Player of the Year.
"My family and I are very excited to return to Auburn and our home state," Lindsey said. "Both are very special places to us. I am looking forward to reuniting with Coach Malzahn and his staff. They are great coaches and great people. I look forward to being part of something special and helping Auburn win championships."
Lindsey replaces Rhett Lashlee, who left after four seasons to be the OC at Connecticut.
Lindsey played high school football at Bob Jones in Madison, Ala. He played college football at North Alabama, before transferring to Alabama as a student.
He was an assistant coach at five Alabama high schools: Florence, Springville, Sparkman, Deshler and Hoover. His first high school head coaching job was at Colbert Heights in 2005-06.
Lindsey was the head coach at Lassiter High School in Georgia for two seasons in 2008-09, coaching former Auburn tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen to a 1,000-receiving yard season in '08. Lindsey's quarterback at Lassiter, Hutson Mason, signed with Georgia after breaking state season records for passing yards (4,560) and touchdowns (54) in '09.
Lindsey received his first college opportunity coaching quarterbacks at Troy in 2010. Lindsey tutored Sun Belt Freshman of the Year Corey Robinson, helping the Trojans win a share of the conference title and a win in the New Orleans Bowl.
He returned to the Alabama high school ranks in 2011-12 as head coach at Spain Park, before joining Malzahn's staff in 2013.
Co-Offensive Coordinator / Wide Receivers
Former Auburn offensive standout Kodi Burns returns to his alma mater for the 2016 season as co-offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach. Burns was a part of two Auburn BCS National Championship appearances. As a senior wideout in 2010, he helped the Tigers to a perfect season and the BCS National Championship title, scoring the opening touchdown on a 35-yard pass reception in the Tigers' BCS win over Oregon. Burns served as a graduate assistant on offense in 2013, helping Auburn to an SEC Championship and an appearance in the 2014 BCS National Championship game.
Burns, who played at Auburn from 2007-10, came back to his alma mater from Arizona State, where he had been named the running backs coach after the 2015 season. In 2015, Burns served as 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. Battlies' 82 receptions and 1,048 receiving yards ranked fourth and fifth respectively in Conference USA.
Burns was the running backs coach at Samford University in 2014. Under Burns' guidance, Bulldog ballcarrier Denzel Williams tallied more than 1,000 all-purpose yards, including 918 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns, earning all-Southern Conference honors.
In 2013, Burns worked with Auburn's offense as a graduate assistant, as the Tigers led the nation in rushing (328.3 yds/game), and ranked 11th in total offense (501.3 yds/game) and 12th in scoring offense (39.5 pts/game). Running back Tre Mason was a Heisman Trophy finalist and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year; he set Auburn single-season records with 2,374 all-purpose yards and 1,816 rushing yards.
Burns began his coaching career in 2012 as a graduate assistant at Arkansas State under Gus Malzahn. The Red Wolves won the Sun Belt Conference with a 10-3 record and Burns helped an offense that included a 3,000-yard passer, a 1,000-yard receiver and a 1,000-yard rusher.
From 2007-10, Burns earned four varsity letters at Auburn, excelling in a variety of roles. He was a quarterback his first two seasons at Auburn; in 2007, he became the first Auburn true freshman quarterback to start a game since Gabe Gross in 1998. He moved to wide receiver for the second half of his career, collecting nearly 2,300 total yards and 22 touchdowns in his career.
A native of Fort Smith, Ark., Burns earned his bachelor's degree from Auburn in exercise science in 2011.
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line Coach
A key coaching component in some of the most explosive offenses in NCAA history, Herb Hand reunites with Gus Malzahn for the 2016 season, joining Malzahn's Auburn coaching staff as offensive line coach.
Hand comes to Auburn after two seasons at Penn State as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach. In 2014, Hand's young offensive line steadily improved and produced second-round NFL Draft pick Donovan Smith (Tampa Bay). In 2015, the unit blocked for Big Ten Freshman of the Year Saquon Barkley as he set Penn State's freshman rushing record with 1,076 yards.
Hand coached the offensive line at Vanderbilt from 2010-13, adding run game coordinator duties in 2013. In 2013, VU's offensive line blocked for 34 rushing touchdowns, including a school-record 14 by running back Jerron Seymour. Hand helped Wesley Johnson earn all-SEC honors in 2012 and 2013 and Johnson earned SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week a VU record four times before being selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Commodores' Ryan Seymour was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hand's 2011-12 offensive lines were instrumental in Zac Stacy breaking the Vanderbilt season and career (3,143 yards) rushing records.
Prior to Vanderbilt, Hand worked three years at Tulsa, serving as assistant head coach, offensive coordinator and line coach. Hand helped guide Tulsa to consecutive GMAC Bowl appearances behind one of the NCAA's most explosive spread offenses.
As Tulsa's co-offensive coordinator along with Gus Malzahn, Hand coached an offensive line that paved the way for the nation's top ranked offense in 2007 and 2008. He was a finalist for national offensive line coach of the year in 2008.
Hand spent six successful years at West Virginia, serving as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator under Rich Rodriguez. Hand helped the Mountaineers win three Big East Conference titles and go to five straight bowl games during the span, including a 38-35 victory over SEC champion Georgia in the 2006 Sugar Bowl.
In 2006, West Virginia finished with an 11-2 record and had an offense that ranked second nationally in rushing, third in scoring, and fourth in total offense.
Prior to WVU, Hand served as an offensive graduate assistant at Clemson in 1999-2000, as the Tigers participated in the 1999 Peach Bowl and 2001 Gator Bowl.
Before that, he served as defensive coordinator and special teams coordinator at Concord College in West Virginia. He also was defensive coordinator at another WVIAC program, Glenville State, where he helped the Pioneers win three WVIAC Championships.
Hand earned his bachelor's degree in history from Hamilton College in 1990, where he was a three-year starter on the offensive line for the Continentals, serving as team captain and earning all-NESCAC honors in 1989. He earned a master's degree in business administration in 1993 from West Virginia Wesleyan while serving as a graduate assistant.
A product of Westmoreland, N.Y., Hand and his wife Debbie have three children: Trey and Bailey (both Auburn students) and Cade.
Assistant Coach / Running Backs Coach
SEC veteran Tim Horton, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and BCS Championship berth, enters his fourth season as Auburn's running backs coach. He also tutors the kickoff and punt returners and added the duties of recruiting coordinator prior to the 2016 campaign.
During his productive career, Horton has coached seven all-SEC running backs, seven different 1,000-yard rushers and two of the SEC's all-time single season rushing leaders in Tre Mason (1,816) and Darren McFadden (1,830).
The 2013 Tigers led the nation with 328.3 yards rushing per game. Junior Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, ranked third in the nation with 23 rushing touchdowns, sixth nationally with 1,816 yards rushing, sixth with 10.7 points per game, sixth with 169.57 all-purpose yards per game and eighth with 129.7 rushing yards per game.
In 2014, Cameron Artis-Payne led the SEC in rushing with 1,608 yards, 123.7 yards per game. In 2016, Peyton Barber (1,017) became the seventh 1,000-yard rusher Horton has coached since 2007.
Two Auburn running backs were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft -- Mason in the third round by the St. Louis Rams and fullback Jay Prosch in the sixth round by the Houston Texans. Artis-Payne was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, and Corey Grant, who led the nation in yards per carry, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars that season. Barber was signed by Tampa Bay after the 2016 Draft.
Prior to joining Malzahn's staff at Auburn, Horton spent six seasons in a similar capacity at Arkansas, where he was also recruiting coordinator. Horton was recognized by Rivals.com and ESPN.com as one of the nation's top recruiters during his time at Arkansas. He was one of just two coaches in the nation, and the only one in the SEC, to coach four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10. Under his watch, 2007 Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden and Felix Jones earned All-America honors, while Dennis Johnson, Michael Smith and Knile Davis earned all-SEC honors.
Horton, who played football at Arkansas from 1986-89, returned to his alma mater in 2007. He came to Arkansas after taking the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coaching position at Air Force in January, 2007. During the 2006 season, he was the running backs coach at Kansas State, helping the Wildcats earn a Texas Bowl appearance while tutoring future NFL running backs Thomas Clayton and James Johnson.
At Air Force from 1999-2005, serving as the wide receivers (1999-2004) and running backs coach (2005), Horton was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Colorado chapter as one of its 2004 coaches of the year.
He began his coaching career at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped ASU to a 67-32 record during his eight years, including Southern Conference championships in 1991 and 1995 and five NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances.
Horton earned his bachelor's degree in marketing management from Arkansas in 1990, where he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a split end and punt returner under head coach Ken Hatfield. He caught 49 passes for 942 yards and one touchdown in his career, hauling in 23 catches for 453 yards as a senior in 1989. Horton also returned 78 punts for 657 yards in his collegiate career, fifth all-time in school history. The Razorbacks compiled a 38-11 record, still tied for the school record for the most wins in a four-year period, won back-to-back Southwest Conference titles (1988-89) and appeared in four straight bowl games.
A two-time academic all-conference selection, Horton was a second-team All-SWC selection in 1989 and served as team captain. Horton was a two-time all-state running back and a track standout at Conway (Ark.) High School. Horton and his wife Lauren have a daughter, Caroline (an Auburn sophomore), and a son, Jackson.
Assistant Coach / Tight Ends / H-Backs / Recruiting Coordinator
A relentless recruiter and proven player developer with head coaching and SEC experience, Larry Porter joins Auburn's staff as tight ends/H-backs coach and recruiting coordinator, Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said Saturday.
"I want to thank Coach Malzahn for giving me and my family the opportunity to be a part of the Auburn family," Porter said. "He has assembled a great staff and has all of the pieces to pursue a championship. Auburn has a great football tradition and I can't wait to get started. War Eagle!"
Porter comes to Auburn from North Carolina, where he coached running backs and coordinated special teams for the past three seasons.
"Larry is a true professional and will be a great addition to our staff," Malzahn said. "He is an outstanding coach with a very good history of player development and is one of the top recruiters in the country."
Before UNC, Porter coached running backs at Texas and Arizona State. From 2010-11, he was the head coach at Memphis, his alma mater.
Porter earned the head coaching opportunity after excelling on Les Miles' staff at LSU for five seasons from 2005-09.
At LSU, Porter twice earned National Recruiter of the Year honors by Rivals.com, in 2007 and 2009. In 2006, he was promoted to assistant head coach. LSU won the national championship in 2007.
Porter coached 1,000-yard rushers at Arkansas State, Oklahoma State, LSU and North Carolina. In 2015, UNC's Elijah Hood ran for 1,463 yards and 17 touchdowns.
A four-year letterman at Memphis, Porter rushed for 2,194 career yards and served as co-captain as a senior in 1993.
After coaching high school football in Memphis, Porter moved to college football in 1998, coaching running backs at Tennessee Martin. The 2017 season will be Porter's 20th coaching college football.
Auburn running backs coach Tim Horton will now also handle the Tigers' special teams.
"I'm excited to have Tim serve as our special teams coordinator," Malzahn said. "He has assisted with that unit the last four years and will do an outstanding job."