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NFL scout down on Gus Malzahn’s ability to develop QBs

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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn has been heralded as an offensive guru, but one anonymous scout questions his ability to develop quarterbacks.

That may seem surprising considering much of Malzahn’s legacy has been based on his success grooming Cam Newton into a Heisman Trophy winner when he served as an offensive coordinator during Auburn’s 2010 national championship season.

But the scout doesn’t believe that’s enough to consider Malzahn a successful quarterback developer.

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“Malzahn has no true claim to fame as a quarterback developer,” the scout told WalterFootball.com. “He had one season with Cam Newton and that’s it. Dan Mullen, meanwhile, had Josh Harris, Alex Smith, Tim Tebow, Dak Prescott, and now Fitzgerald. In fact Mullen coached Cam longer than Malzahn. Four of those six had barely one offer coming out of high school. I’d trust Dan Mullen to develop a quarterback over Malzahn.”

In fairness, Malzahn’s quarterbacks have had far less success since he parted with Newton. Excluding Nick Marshall, the coach has seen little stability during his tenure as Auburn’s head coach.

Many expect that to change with the addition of transfer quarterback Jarrett Stidham, although the anonymous scout seems to think otherwise.

“Stidham has talent but hasn’t played enough,” the scout said. “You don’t to elevate him too quickly like a Hackenberg. Stidham did what Baylor quarterbacks do, but the SEC has eaten alive some top quarterbacks.”

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