An Auburn legend and Gadsden native is coming back to the Plains to join the Tigers' coaching staff.
Former All-American Carnell "Cadillac" Williams will take over for Tim Horton as Auburn's new running backs coach, Head Coach Gus Malzahn announced Wednesday.
"I'm ecstatic, super excited and humbled to have the opportunity to return home to Auburn and coach at a place that helped me become the man I am today," Williams said in a statement Auburn released Wednesday. "I'm very grateful and appreciative of Coach Malzahn, the staff and the Auburn administration for this opportunity. Words can't explain the emotions I had when I received the offer from Coach Malzahn. "
"One of the main reasons I got into coaching was to give back and serve others. I want to help players reach their ultimate goal and steer them the right way on and off the field. I'm not sure there's a better place I can do that than at Auburn, where I'm forever indebted. I'm excited to get to work. I can't wait to meet the players and staff, get involved in the community and help get Auburn to the championship level year in and year out that we know we are capable of," Williams said.
Williams, who signed with Auburn in 2001, finished his Tigers' career with 3,881 rushing yards and 45 rushing touchdowns. During his senior year, during which he led Auburn to an undefeated season, he was named the 2004 Special Teams Player of the Year and earned All-America honors.
“Carnell Williams is one of Auburn’s all-time greats and we’re excited to welcome him home. Cadillac is a great fit for our program. He understands and cares deeply for this university and the Auburn football program, while bringing a great knowledge of the game. He knows first-hand what it takes to be a successful running back at the highest level and has a tremendous work ethic. We’re glad to have him at Auburn and know he will be a great coach and mentor to our running backs," said Coach Malzahn in the school's Wednesday statement.
Williams joined the NFL for seven years before his first stint in coaching running backs at Henderson State in 2015. Wiliams will be coming to Auburn from the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF), where he recently served as their running backs coach.