Friday, December 21, 2012

Auburn hires J.B. Grimes as offensive line coach

?AUBURN, Alabama -- Gus Malzahn has hired his fourth assistant coach at Auburn, and he's someone he's familiar with.

J.B. Grimes is coming to Auburn as the offensive line coach after a 2012 season in which he coached with Malzahn at Arkansas State.

Grimes is a veteran of the SEC. ?He's coached at Mississippi State and Arkansas, as well as Texas A&M and Missouri before they joined the league. His other stops include Kansas, East Carolina, Virginia Tech and Louisiana-Monroe in 30 years as a college coach.

"J.B. is a tremendous coach who is one of the nation?s top teachers at the offensive line position,? Malzahn said in a statement. "He has an incredible resume coaching the position and has taught countless players at the NFL level. He played a vital role in our team?s success this past season and we?re fortunate to have him join our program at Auburn."

Grimes coached an offensive line at Arkansas State that helped set a school-record with 481.8 yards of total offense per game while ranking 16th nationally in fewest sacks allowed. ?


"I?ve always admired Auburn football having coached in the Southeastern Conference and even when I was younger watching Pat Sullivan and Terry Beasley play," Grimes said. "It?s a special place with great history, traditions and fans. I?ve known Gus for several years and have admired the things he?s done as a coach. We did some great things this past season at Arkansas State and I look forward to doing the same at Auburn."

Malzahn previously hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who also is coming from Arkansas State; defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson and secondary coach Charlie Harbison.

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