Bryan Harsin retains Cadillac Williams as running back coach


A familiar face remains around Auburn as part of Bryan Harsin’s inaugural team.

Cadillac Williams will continue as Auburn’s running backs coach, the schedule announced Friday night. Williams is the first staff assistant to former coach Gus Malzahn to be officially retained by Harsin, who was hired late last month to take the helm of the program.

“I am excited to have Cadillac on our staff,” Harsin said. “After several conversations, it was easy to see his passion and his desire to learn, grow and develop as a coach. By spending time with him, you see why he is Auburn’s ultimate football ambassador, and it goes beyond just being an elite player but an elite person.

Williams has spent the last two seasons as Auburn’s running backs coach, joining his alma mater after the 2018 season. Last year he helped prepare the SEC co-freshman, Tank Bigsby, who rushed for 834 yards and five touchdowns while emerging as a rising SEC star.

A former Auburn backer himself, Williams played Auburn from 2001-2004, rushing for 3,831 yards and 45 touchdowns during his college career. He set Auburn’s career run attempt record, passing Joe Cribbs and most touchdowns, passing Bo Jackson, while finishing second in total rushing and general rush yards. He remains No. 2 on Auburn’s career rush list.

“Auburn is a special place for me and I appreciate this opportunity to be part of the staff of Coach Harsin and the school coach that made me who I am today,” said Williams. “I enjoyed talking about football with Coach Harsin and can’t wait to be a part of something special.”

Williams’ retention leaves at least a familiar face on Auburn staff in 2021, though the third-year assistant has work to do in his running back room, with the Tigers only having two scholarship recipients in the next position. the news earlier. DJ Williams entered the transfer portal on Friday. Williams is the third running back to leave the program since the start of the 2020 season, joining Harold Joiner and Mark-Antony Richards.

Tom Green is an Auburn Beat reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @Tomas_Verde.


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