Josh Martin, who became the Sun Devils’ running backs coach when Bo Graham abruptly resigned in August, is moving to tight ends coach, per the sources. The addition of Burns would be a reunion of him and new Arizona State offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chip Lindsey.
They worked together at Auburn in 2013 when Lindsey was an offensive analyst and Burns was an offensive graduate assistant. This past season was Burns’s first in his position at Middle Tennessee State.
Prior to that, he was Sanford’s running backs coach for a year. During that season, the Bulldogs averaged 4.4 yards per carry led by running back Denzel Williams, who rushed 176 times for 877 yards with 16 touchdowns.
Besides at Auburn in 2013, Burns was also a graduate assistant for Gus Malzahn at Arkansas State in ’12. Malzahn previously was an assistant for Arizona State coach Todd Graham from ’07–08 when Graham was Tulsa’s coach.
A Fort Smith, Ark., product, Burns played for Auburn from 2007–10 with Malzahn as his offensive coordinator for the latter two years. The Tigers won the BCS national title in Burns’s final season, beating Oregon 22–19 with the help of a 35-yard touchdown catch from Burns. He caught 11 passes for 177 yards that season.
Burns spent his first two seasons with the Tigers as an option quarterback, including seven starts under center in 2008.
This past season was Martin’s first as Arizona State’s running backs coach after being an offensive graduate assistant. Prior to that, he was the offensive line coach at his alma mater, Tarleton State, for two seasons.
Martin got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Texas Tech, where he helped with the offensive and defensive lines. He was an offensive lineman at Tarleton State.
Martin’s father, Joe, is the assistant executive director of the Texas High School Coaches Association and a legendary former Texas high school football coach who won a state title at Garland High in 1999.
Arizona State had a 6–7 record this season, the first losing campaign of Graham’s four-year tenure. He has a 34–19 record with the Sun Devils, which lost 43–42 to West Virginia in Saturday’s Cactus Bowl.