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Breaking—Cadillac is Coming Home!

By on January 23rd, 2019 in Football, News 9 Comments »

Todd Van Emst

Carnell “Cadillac” Williams is set to replace Tim Horton as the Tigers’ running backs coach. Horton, after six years, was moved to an off-field role, thereby, opening up the coaching position.

Williams, who was most recently in the AAF as the running backs coach for the Birmingham Iron was an assistant coach at IMG Academy in Florida for two seasons.

Cadillac has also coached at West Georgia University following his career in the NFL. Williams played for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and what used to be the St. Louis Rams. He was the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft and was named Rookie of the Year.

Williams is a native of Gadsden and signed with Auburn in 2001. He was named an All American following Auburn’s 2004 undefeated season and shared the backfield with Ronnie Brown.

Williams had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons in 2003 and 2004 and became the program’s all-time leader in touchdowns scored.

Welcome Home and “Go Crazy, Cadillac, Go Crazy!!”

War Eagle!!

9 Comments

  1. GreenvilleAUfan GreenvilleAUfan says:

    This is big news.Looking forward to seeing him back in JHS. Welcome home Carnell!

  2. dyingculture dyingculture says:

    Excellent hire and much needed. I see this as the same situation as Woodson being the “front man” for the secondary while Greg Brown is the man behind the scenes. Horton will still be on board to lend his coaching expertise, which is a great move considering Cadillac’s lack of coaching experience with a top program.

    This had to be done because the troubling fact is, Horton was whiffing on the vast majority of top 100 recruits the past several years. This isn’t acceptable year after year — RBU should always be a major contender for most every 5-star RB in the South.

  3. AUglenn says:

    I’m so pumped about this.

  4. Carnell is a good man. I drove him to the Hyatt Regency in Hoover, AL when his team played Hoover High School back in October 2018.

    I believe he will do well for Auburn.

  5. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    …..I’ve heard several coaches, most notably Tommy Tuberville, say that it’s all about the recruiting. Lots of guys can coach. Gotta bring in the talent.

  6. ATL_AU_FAN ATL_AU_FAN says:

    I obviously have no idea as to how good he will be at coaching but the two years at IMG will, I think, prove to be huge in the recruiting circus. And I cannot fathom a high school in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida who will not recognize the Cadillac brand.
    High school players would have been close to “babies” when Cadillac was at Auburn but YouTube will help them play “catch-up”.
    And Cadillac, along with Ronnie Brown, are just so humble and down-to-earth.
    I think back to my radio broadcasting days when I traveled with a college football team for whom Jim Marsalis was an assistant coach who, while with the Kansas City Chiefs, won Super Bowl IV.
    He would speak with potential recruits and simply wear his Super Bowl Championship ring for the recruits to see. (Jim also intercepted Joe Namath two times en route to the Super Bowl and I think that’s cool because, you know, bama. Namath was with the Jets at the time.)
    I can see Cadillac wearing his SEC Championship ring in perhaps something of a similar fashion simply to say “I know what I am doing” while not being boastful in the least.

    • sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

      Speaking of rings, when I was a young lieutenant back in 1985 I once met a US Army Reservist with the rank of full bird colonel wearing the largest ring I’ve ever seen on a human (he was about 6’3″ with shoulders that brushed both sides of door jams). He had been an offensive guard for Johnny Unitas and the old Baltimore Colts under coach Don Shula and it was the Super Bowl V ring.

      One of the most remarkable conversations about football I ever had while in uniform, let me tell you. His presence was one thing, but that ring was almost his equal, rank and all.

  7. AtkinsonTiger AtkinsonTiger says:

    Huge hire for Gus. I think this will not only help with Running back recruiting but other positions too. Might even see an impact next week on NSD.

  8. MyAuburn MyAuburn says:

    Hmmm, hiring a running backs coach who actually knows how to run the football. Why didn’t I think of that.

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