Austin Davis

After a week of rumors that Auburn had found its guy to replace former coordinator Mike Bobo, head coach Bryan Harsin made it official over the weekend, tapping Seattle Seahawks quarterbacks coach Austin Davis as the Tigers' offensive coordinator.

“I’m honored and privileged to be the next offensive coordinator at Auburn University and to be a part of an elite staff led by Coach Harsin,” Davis said in a news release. “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. I’ve been very fortunate to work for one of the best organizations in all of sports and would like to extend a special thanks to Pete Carroll and John Schneider for believing in me as a young coach. I can’t wait to get down to the Plains and get to work. War Eagle, y’all.”

Davis will also coach quarterbacks for the Tigers, a position in flux that is open and up for grabs for the 2022 season with the transfer of longtime starter Bo Nix to Oregon. 

"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."

Davis first broke onto the football landscape as the quarterback at Southern Miss, where he earned two All-Conference USA nods. In his four years with the Golden Eagles, Davis amassed 10,898 passing yards and 83 touchdowns, which eclipsed Brett Favre's school record for passing touchdowns. 

 Davis was a journeyman in the NFL, playing for St. Louis, Cleveland, Denver, Seattle and Tennessee before donning the headset for good and joining the coaching ranks in 2019 as an offensive assistant for the Seahawks. He stepped into the role of quarterbacks coach in 2020, a year that saw All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson throw for more than 4,000 yards and a franchise-record 40 touchdowns on his way to earning a Pro Bowl nod. 

Wilson showered praise on Davis' coaching abilities. 

"I think Austin is going to be a brilliant offensive coordinator and potential head coach one day," said Wilson. "He has a passion for the game, number one. Number two, he’s got an understanding of the game as he’s played the position at the highest level in the National Football League. And three, he’s an amazing teacher. He’s an amazing teacher of the game. He keeps it simple in terms of relaxing the quarterback’s mind. He’ll be an amazing coach at Auburn.”

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