All coaches are on board the Gus Bus.
Exactly one month after he was hired to be Auburn’s head football coach and on the day he said he wanted to have his full staff in place, Gus Malzahn made his final hire, adding Arkansas assistant Tim Horton to coach tight ends Friday afternoon, the school announced in a statement.
Horton served as running backs and coach and recruiting coordinator at Arkansas, his alma mater, since 2007.
“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 in a statement. “My family and I are thrilled to be joining the Auburn family.”
Terms of Horton’s contract were not released.
Horton is the third assistant hired in just over 24 hours by Malzahn, who hired Rich Bisaccia and Dameyune Craig on Thursday. He is
the final member of the Auburn coaching
staff which is comprised of Rhett Lashlee, Bisaccia, Craig, J.B. Grimes, Ellis Johnson, Rodney Garner, Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith.
Three of Malzahn’s assistants — Horton, Craig and Garner — served as the recruiting coordinator at their previous schools and Garner will hold the title at Auburn. Horton has been recognized as one of the nation’s best recruiters during his time in Fayetteville by ESPN.com and Rivals.com.
“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 in a statement.
“Tim is a man of character who will be a great compliment to our staff and a tremendous representative of the entire Auburn
During his time at Arkansas, Horton worked with Darren McFadden, Felix Jones and Knile Davis. He was one of just two coaches in the nation to coach four different 1,000-yard rushers from 2007-10.
This past season under Horton, Dennis Johnson and Davis combined to rush for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns despite incurring injuries. Arkansas changed several members of its coaching staff after Bret Bielema was hired to replace John L. Smith, who served as interim head coach following the firing of Bobby Petrino in April 2012.
The tight end position suffered an enormous loss this season when Philip Lutzenkirchen, who made 15 receptions for 139 yards in just six games, suffered a season-ending hip injury. Lutzenkirchen graduates and his departure will mean even more work for C.J. Uzomah, who had seven receptions for 136 yards with a touchdown and Brandon Fulse (one reception for eight yards).
Uzomah was a wide receiver when Malzahn served as offensive coordinator at Auburn and said he was looking forward to the opportunity to be more of a pass-catcher than a blocker when Malzahn was hired.
Arkansas led the SEC in total offense in 2011, averaging 438.1 yards per game, but dropped slightly to 420.17 yards this season.
Before returning to Arkansas, where he played from 1986-89, Horton was at Air Force for spring 2007, Kansas State (2006) and at Air Force for the seven previous years.