Gus Malzahn already has a football position in mind for his new grandson

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AUBURN, Ala. — You can call Gus Malzahn “Grandpa” now.

No, really. He’s hoping that it sticks. His wife Kristi and his daughter Kylie Peek — who gave birth to the Malzahns’ first grandson early Sunday morning — have other ideas.

“You know, I just wanted to be called Grandpa, but they’ve got about three names they want to call me,” Malzahn said Thursday.

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Anderson James Peek was born at 4 a.m. Sunday in Nashville, Tenn. His arrival was cutting it close for Malzahn, who had to resume Auburn’s spring practices Tuesday after a week-long spring break.

“It was real special,” Malzahn said. “I was kind of hoping that it would happen that week when we were there. And sure enough, we were planning on coming back Sunday. About 4 a.m., she had him, and it was a real special deal. The fact that me and Kristi were able to be there was really special. It had a little bit of a wow factor.”

Malzahn rose through the ranks as an offensive guru, and he played both wide receiver and punter before he became a coach.

But, surprisingly enough, Malzahn would like to see his grandson — who was born at six pounds, five and 19.5 inches long — play on the other side of the ball.

“You know what? I’m hoping he’s a linebacker,” Malzahn said with a smile.

Since he’s returned from his special spring break, Malzahn said none of his assistants or players have called him Grandpa — not that he would mind.

“No, no, nobody went there yet,” Malzahn said. “But they said congratulations, and they were happy for me.”

The fifth-year Auburn coach is flying solo on the Plains this week, though. Kristi Malzahn is still up in Nashville, leaving Malzahn at home alone.

“I am concerned that I’m never going to see my wife again,” Malzahn said. “She may just live in Nashville now.”

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