Auburn hires Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach

Auburn has hired longtime Southeastern Conference assistant

Melvin Smith as cornerbacks coach.

Gus Malzahn announced the hiring Tuesday of Smith, who spent the

past seven seasons coaching cornerbacks and the secondary at

Mississippi State.

Malzahn says Smith ”is an outstanding secondary coach and is

one of the top recruiters in the Southeastern Conference.”

Smith has spent 18 of his 31 years in coaching working at SEC

schools. He coached Johnthan Banks, the 2012 Jim Thorpe Award

winner.

The Bulldogs’ defense led the SEC with 30 forced turnovers this

season.

Smith has worked previously with co-defensive coordinators Ellis

Johnson and Charlie Harbison and offensive line coach J.B.

Grimes.

Smith’s college coaching stops have included Texas A&M,

Alabama, Mississippi and Delta State.