Jack Bicknell Jr. named offensive line coach at Auburn


Jack Bicknell Jr., a successful coach at the collegiate and professional level for over three decades, has been named the offensive line coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday.  Bicknell, who was at Ole Miss the previous three seasons as offensive line coach, has 33 years of coaching experience, including 25 years in college and seven seasons in the National Football League.

“Jack has a wealth of coaching experience and success in all levels of football, including the last three years in the SEC,” Malzahn said. “He has been a part of a Super Bowl championship team and been a head coach collegiately. Jack’s diverse and extensive resume will be valuable in developing our offensive line unit. We’re very excited to have Jack join our staff here at Auburn.”

This past season at Ole Miss, the Rebels were second in the Southeastern Conference and ninth nationally in rushing averaging 251.2 yards rushing per game. Freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee averaged 113.7 yards rushing per game, good for first in the SEC and eighth nationally.

“I’m fired up to be joining a tradition-rich program like Auburn. Auburn has always been known as a blue-collar, hard-working team that has achieved a tremendous amount of success,” Bicknell said. “I am very appreciative of Coach Malzahn for this opportunity. He and Coach Morris are very well respected offensive minds in the game of football and I can’t wait to work with them and the rest of the Auburn staff.”

Bicknell’s second season in Oxford saw an offensive line protect quarterback Jordan Ta’amu, who threw for an SEC-best 326.5 passing yards per game to rank fourth nationally. Left tackle Greg Little earned first team All-SEC accolades before becoming the highest Rebel drafted in the 2019 NFL Draft. The second team All-American was taken in the second round (37th overall) by the Carolina Panthers.

In his first year in Oxford, Bicknell coached an offensive line that protected Ole Miss quarterbacks and allowed them to throw for a conference-leading 328.4 yards per game (11th nationally). With the help of the offensive line, the Rebels ranked second in the SEC in total offense (462.3 ypg) and sixth nationally in red zone offense (.953). Under Bicknell’s guidance, Little earned second team All-SEC honors in just his second season as a Rebel.

Bicknell spent eight seasons as the head coach at Louisiana Tech (1999-2006), where his 43 victories are still the third-most in school history. Following the 2001 season, he was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a conference championship in its first year of membership. Bicknell also served as the Bulldogs’ offensive line coach from 1997-98.

Bicknell comes from a family of coaches. His father, Jack, was the head coach at Boston College (1981-90) prior to becoming the head coach of the Barcelona Dragons (1991-03) of NFL Europe.

Born in North Plainfield, New Jersey, Bicknell attended Orono (Maine) High School.

He and his wife, Helen, have three children, John, Katelyn and Alyse.

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