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Horton to join Auburn staff

AUBURN - Tim Horton, who coached some of the top running backs in Arkansas history and was a driving force in successful recruiting efforts, has agreed to join first-year Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn's staff as tight ends coach, AuburnUndercover.com has learned.

Tim Horton will coach tight ends at Auburn.

Horton, who served as Arkansas' recruiting coordinator, coached wide receivers at Air Force from 1999-2004 and coached running backs in 2005. He coached running backs at Kansas State in 2006. In 2007, he had accepted a position as wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator at Air Force when he returned to his alma mater as running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

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.

With the decision to hire Horton, Malzahn has completed his on-field coaching staff. On offense, it includes coordinator/quarterbacks coach Rhett Lashlee, co-coordinator/wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, running backs/special teams coach Rich Bisaccia and line coach J.B. Grimes. On defense, it includes coordinator/linebackers coach Ellis Johnson, co-coordinator/safeties coach Charlie Harbison, defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith.

Garner will assume the title of associate head coach and Bisaccia the title of assistant head coach.

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.

Horton began his coaching career at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped guide the Mountaineers to a 67-32 record during his eight years, including Southern Conference championships in 1991 and 1995 and five appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. The 1995 Mountaineers were the first Division I team to go undefeated in North Carolina college football history.

From 1990-92, Horton coached Appalachian State's receivers and tight ends before taking over as the Mountaineers' running backs coach in 1993. He also served as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Horton earned his bachelor's degree in marketing management from Arkansas in 1990. While at Arkansas, he was a four-year letterman and three-year starter as a split end and punt returner under head coach Ken Hatfield. He caught 49 passes for 942 yards and one touchdown in his career, including hauling in 23 catches for 453 yards as a senior in 1989. Horton also returned 78 punts for 657 yards in his collegiate career, which is fifth all-time in school history.

Horton's four years as an Arkansas player proved to be among the more successful in school history as the Razorbacks compiled a 38-11 record, won back-to-back Southwest Conference titles in 1988 and 1989 and appeared in four straight bowl games. Horton's graduating class remains tied for the school record for the most wins in a four-year period.

A two-time academic all-conference selection, Horton was a second-team All-Southwest Conference selection in 1989 and served as the Razorbacks' team captain that season. In high school, Horton was a two-time all-state running back and a track standout at Conway (Ark.) High School.

Horton and his wife Lauren have one daughter, Caroline, and one son, Jackson.

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