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January 22, 2012
Chizik excited about Loeffler
Scot Loeffler, who has 14 years of coaching experience on the collegiate and NFL levels, has been named offensive coordinator at Auburn, head coach Gene Chizik announced Sunday.
Loeffler, who served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Temple this past season, has worked with six quarterbacks at the college level that went on to play in the NFL, including Tom Brady, Tim Tebow, Brian Griese, Chad Henne, Drew Henson and John Navarre.
"Scot is a rising star who has worked with some very good quarterbacks, and has achieved a tremendous amount of success," Chizik said. "He is a tireless worker, is an outstanding recruiter and knows the rigors of competing in this conference. We're very excited to have Scot join our staff and we welcome him to the Auburn family."
At Temple, Loeffler helped guide the Owls to a 9-4 record, directing an offense that was seventh nationally in rushing averaging 256.5 yards per game and 39th nationally in scoring (30.6 ppg). Running back Bernard Pierce was sixth nationally in rushing, averaging 123.4 yards a game.
Prior to Temple, Loeffler spent the 2009 and 2010 seasons at the University of Florida as the quarterbacks coach. He led a Florida quarterback unit that led the nation in pass efficiency (167.3) in 2009, after they passed for 3,305 yards for 28 touchdowns with just five interceptions. In his first season at Florida, the Gators ranked second in the SEC in passing offense with an average of 236.1 yards per game. Loeffler guided Tim Tebow in his final season at Florida, during which he passed for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing his senior year with a passing efficiency of 164.17. Tebow left Florida with five NCAA, 14 SEC and 28 UF records.
"Auburn is one of the special jobs and special places in college athletics with a tremendous amount of history and tradition. It's an honor to be joining Coach Chizik's staff and I'm very appreciative of this opportunity. I'm excited to get started and look forward to beginning recruiting, meeting the players and staff, and interacting with the Auburn family."
Loeffler spent one season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions, where he guided a quarterback unit that threw for 2,960 yards in 2008.
For six seasons, from 2002-07, Loeffler coached the quarterbacks at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, where he coached second-round draft pick Chad Henne. Under the tutelage of Loeffler, Henne became the first true freshman quarterback to lead his team to a Big Ten title and start in a BCS bowl game. Henne set school marks in career passing yards (9,715), touchdowns (87), completions (828) and attempts (1,387). He helped develop John Navarre into the team's first All-Big Ten first-team quarterback since 1997.
A Barberton, Ohio, native, Loeffler served as Central Michigan's quarterbacks' coach for two seasons in 2000-01.
A quarterback for the Wolverines from 1993-96, Loeffler received his bachelor's degree in 1996. He helped guide two NFL quarterbacks in Tom Brady and Brian Griese as a graduate and student assistant at Michigan and was a part of the Wolverine staff during the 1997 undefeated season and National Championship title.
He has seen the quarterbacks he coached at Michigan go on to play in 302 regular-season NFL games, including 275 starts. In addition, those players have garnered a combined four Super Bowl rings as pros.