Auburn hires former USM star as offensive coordinator

Published 5:30 pm Sunday, December 19, 2021

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has hired Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Austin Davis as its offensive coordinator.

Coach Bryan Harsin announced Saturday the hiring of Davis to run the offense and coach quarterbacks. Harsin fired Mike Bobo from those positions following a 6-6 record in their first regular season at Auburn. The team faces Houston in the Birmingham Bowl on Dec. 28.

Three-year starting quarterback Bo Nix, who is currently recovering from ankle surgery, has already announced plans to transfer.

Davis played in the NFL for St. Louis, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle and Tennessee. He started in coaching as an offensive assistant with the Seahawks in February 2019 and was elevated to quarterbacks coach in 2020, working with eight-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson.

Davis is a former Southern Miss walk-on quarterback who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent. He played in 16 career games and started 10, all but two in the 2014 season with the St. Louis Rams.

The Meridian native threw for 10,898 yards and 83 touchdowns while accounting for 109 scores in his four-year career at Southern Miss and still owns 10 school records.

“Being born and raised in Mississippi, you know very well what SEC football is all about and I couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity that is before me,” Davis said in a statement.

Harsin also issued a statement praising Davis’ already considerable experience.

“From the first conversation I had with Austin, you could just feel his passion for coaching and teaching the game,” Harsin said. “He’s spent the past 10 years as a player or coach in the NFL, bringing that experience from the highest level into our offensive and quarterback rooms. He’s learned and been around some of the best in the business and has been on an upward trajectory since joining the coaching ranks. We can’t wait to get him teamed up with the rest of our staff.”

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called Davis “one of the bright young minds in the game.”

“He’s been able to transition from player to coach unlike anybody I’ve ever seen,” Carroll said. “It was just so smooth for him, and he’s been thinking like a coach for a long time, obviously because he was able to capture the role.

“Russ (Wilson) thinks the world of him, Shane (Waldron) thinks the world of him, and I do too because he is really, really good at what he does. He is going to really be a big benefit to their program.”

Wilson called Davis “an amazing teacher” and praised his passion for and understanding of the game, saying he’s “going to be a brilliant offensive coordinator and potential head coach one day.”