Horton: 'A true professional ...'

AUBURN - First-year Auburn coach Gus Malzahn put the final piece of his on-field staff in place Friday, calling Time Horton "a true professional and an outstanding coach and recruiter."

Tim Horton spent the past six seasons at Arkansas

Horton, the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas since 2007, was officially named Auburn's tight ends coach Friday afternoon.

“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 complement to our staff and a tremendous representative of the entire Auburn family.”

Horton, who played football at Arkansas from 1986-89, welcomed the opportunity to join Malzahn's Auburn staff.

“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 is the fifth Auburn coach who served previously as a recruiting coordinator.

A 23-year coaching veteran, Horton has been recognized as one of the nation's top recruiters and assistant coaches during his tenure at Arkansas. In 2011, Horton helped the Razorbacks tie a school record with 11 wins. Combined with a 10-win season in 2010, it 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 in 2011, averaging 438.1 yards per game, for the second time in the previous three seasons, finishing inside the top four in the conference in that category each of the previous five seasons. UA also topped the SEC in scoring offense (36.8 ppg) in 2011.

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.

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.

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