Kodi Burns

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Kodi Burns
No. 18
Wide receiver
Major: Exercise Science
Date of birth: (1988-12-24) December 24, 1988 (age 25)
Place of birth: Fort Smith, Arkansas
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) Weight: 207 lb (94 kg)
Career history
High school: Fort Smith (AR) Northside
 College(s):
Career highlights and awards
Stats at ESPN.com

Kodi Burns (born December 24, 1988)[1] is an American football coach at Samford University. He played college football for the Auburn University Tigers football team.

High school career[edit]

As a high school senior in 2007 at Northside High School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Burns accounted for 2,738 yards 36 touchdowns, rushing and passing. He was named All-State by the Arkansas Activities Association and was ranked as the nation's #8 "Dual-Threat" quarterback by Rivals.com.[2] Burns was recruited heavily by Tommy Tuberville while he was the coach at Auburn and by Gus Malzahn while he was at Arkansas. Malzhan would later be his coach at Auburn and on Malzahn's coaching staff at Arkansas State.

College career[edit]

Burns was a key part in Tommy Tuberville's Offense in 2007. In the 2007 Chic-fil-a Bowl, Burns ran for a 10 yard touchdown to win in OT and get a 23-20 win. After the game everybody expected Burns to be the starter in 2008, because 2007 was Brandon Cox's senior year. Burns started seven games at quarterback for the Tigers in 2008. He was moved to wide receiver prior to the 2009 season.[3] Burns also ran the wildcat in the 2009-2010 season. Burns ran for a touchdown in the wildcat against Arkansas State; Auburn won the game 56-26. Against Ole Miss, Burns was in the wildcat and threw a touchdown pass to Cam Newton. Burns also had a key reception in the National Championship against Oregon. Newton found Burns on a long 35 yard touchdown pass, where Burns put Auburn up 7-0 which led to Auburn's win 22-19.

Besides his contributions on the field as a player, Kodi contributed with his character. Having lost the starting QB job after putting so much time and effort into it, he did not let that stop him. He accepted his move to wide receiver with dignity and grace. At wide receiver Kodi became a clutch possession performer and his leadership helped Auburn weather a tough 2010 National Championship campaign.[4]

Coaching career[edit]

In January 2012, Kodi Burns joined Gus Malzahn's staff at Arkansas State as an offensive graduate assistant.[5]

Gus Malzahn was hired to be the Auburn head coach after Auburn went 3-9 (0-8), the worst since a 3-8 1998 season. Burns returned to his Alma Mater as a graduate assistant on Malzahn's staff.

On May 12, 2014 it was announced that Burns would coach running backs at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama

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