SEC football: Top 5 head coaches

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Apr 18, 2015; Auburn, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gus Malzahn watches his team warm up prior to the annual spring game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

3. Gus Malzahn, Auburn University

Record: 29-10 (20-7 at Auburn)
Bowl Record: 0-2 (One loss was in the BCS National Championship game)
Championships and Awards: SEC Champion `13, SEC Eastern Division Champion `13, SEC Coach of the year `13, AP Coach of the year `13

In the eyes of many college football fans, Gus Malzahn was the brains behind their 2011 BCS National Championship, even if he was not the head coach at the time. After spending a year coaching at Arkansas State, Malzahn returned to Auburn to take over the head coaching vacancy, and took college football by storm.

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During Malzahn’s first year in charge of the squad, he took them to the National Championship Game, before falling to Florida State in a thriller. While some may say he was riding the roster of the coach before him, I think there is not a better developmental coach in the SEC.

Malzahn recruits, develops and coaches with the best of them. Not to mention, he just hired Will Muschamp to his staff, which will undoubtedly help him out in recruiting. If there was one weak spot in his game that would be it.

He could also not-so-queitly become one of the most sought after coaches by the NFL if he can win another SEC title within the next two seasons.

There are few coaches who can take nearly any prospect and make them instantly better. Being one of the few coaches who is gifted with knowing how to value and mold talent, he has no issues starting freshman and sophomores.

You could call him a young guy, considering his lack of head coaching experience, but I prefer to think of him as loaded gun. Once he gets a full recruiting class, we will see a true test of what he can do. Lets just enjoy the ride for now.

Next: No. 2: Les Miles