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January 4, 2013
Horton completes the staff
AUBURN -- Add another former recruiting coordinator to Gus Malzahn's staff.
Tim Horton, a former Arkansas tailback who's been with his alma mater since 2008, has agreed to join the Tigers' staff. He will coaching tight ends.
New Auburn assistants Dameyune Craig and Rodney Garner were recruiting coordinators at Florida State and Georgia, respectively, last season.
Horton 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. Overall, Horton has 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.
"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."
Horton's first class as recruiting coordinator in 2008 featured wide receivers Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs who were 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.
In 2011, the Razorbacks tied 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.
Arkansas led the SEC in total offense, averaging 438.1 yards per game, for the second time in the last three seasons and has finished inside the top four in the conference in that category each of the last five seasons. UA also topped the SEC in scoring offense at 36.8 points per game and finished in the top three in the conference for the third straight season.
All-SEC performer Dennis Johnson's 6.3 yards-per-carry average was second among the SEC's top-10 rushers, as he finished seventh in the conference in rushing, and fourth overall in the conference. His average of 6.3 yards per rush in conference games tied for the lead among the top-10 rushers and tied for third overall. As a team, UA's 4.5 yards-per-carry average in SEC games ranked third in the conference. Johnson also ranked second in the SEC with an average of 134.9 all-purpose yards per game and was sixth in the conference in touchdown scoring with an average of 4.5 points per game.
Under Horton's tutelage, running back Knile Davis posted the fourth-highest single-season rushing total in Arkansas history in 2010 as he ran for 1,322 yards and became just the 10th Razorback to eclipse 1,000 rushing yards in a season. Davis was named a first-team All-SEC performer and led all SEC running backs with his average of 101.7 yards per game on the ground. He finished the season strong, with five consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He was the only player in the SEC to average 100 yards per game in November, finishing the month with an average of 157.8 rushing yards per game.
After returning to his alma mater, Horton has coached All-American running backs Darren McFadden and Felix Jones. McFadden was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and won the Doak Walker Award as the nation's top running back in 2007. McFadden finished the 2007 season with a school-record 1,830 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Before returning to Arkansas, where Horton played from 1986-89, he was at Air Force for spring 2007, at Kansas State for the 2006 season and at Air Force for the seven previous years.
The University of Arkansas contributed to this report.