AUBURN, Ala. — Tim Horton, who spent the previous six seasons at the University of Arkansas as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator the past five years, has been named as tight ends coach at Auburn, head coach Gus Malzahn announced Friday.
"Tim is a true professional and an outstanding coach and recruiter, who deserves a lot of credit for Arkansas' success while he was there," Malzahn said. "Tim is a man of character who will be a great compliment to our staff and a tremendous representative of the entire Auburn family."
A 23-year coaching veteran, Horton was recognized by Rivals.com and ESPN.com as one of the nation's top recruiters during his tenure at Arkansas and was one of just two coaches in the nation, and the only one in the SEC, to coach four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10. Under his watch, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones earned All-America honors, while Dennis Johnson and Knile Davis earned All-SEC honors.
"It is an honor and privilege to work at Auburn University with Coach Malzahn and the tremendous group of people and coaches that he's assembled," Horton said. "My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Auburn family."
Horton's first class as Arkansas' recruiting coordinator in 2008 featured wide receivers Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, all selected in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft. With their selections, Arkansas tied a draft record with three receivers taken in the same draft. It was the 14th time in draft history, and third by an SEC team, three receivers from the same school were taken in the same draft and the sixth time all three were picked in the first four rounds.
During his six years at Arkansas, Horton coached two of the top four single-season rushing performances and more than a third of the 10 Razorbacks in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards.
This past season under Horton, the duo of Johnson and Davis combined to rush for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns despite being riddled with injuries during the season.
In 2011, Horton helped the Razorbacks tie a school record with 11 wins and, combined with a 10-win season in 2010, marked just the third time in school history and first since 1988-89 UA reached double-digit win totals in back-to-back seasons.