On Friday, Auburn announced that Carnell “Cadillac” Williams will be returning as Auburn’s running backs coach. Williams has spent the last two seasons in this role.
“Auburn is a special place to me and I’m appreciative for this opportunity to be a part of Coach Harsin’s staff and coach at the school that made me the person I am today,” Williams said. “I’ve enjoyed getting to talk football with Coach Harsin and can’t wait to be part of something special.”
Williams played running back at Auburn from 2001-04 and is the program leader in rushing attempts and rushing touchdowns. His 3,831 career rushing yards at Auburn are the second-most in program history behind Bo Jackson.
After leaving Auburn, Williams was the fifth overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was named NFL Rookie of the Year after totaling 1,178 rushing yards as a rookie.
His NFL career ended in 2011 after spending seven seasons in the NFL.
He finished his NFL career with 4,038 rushing yards and 21 rushing touchdowns.
Once his playing days ended, Williams entered the coaching world in 2015 after graduating from Auburn in 2014.
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His first coaching job was at Henderson State in 2015, where he served as the program’s running backs coach. Williams had a brief stop at West Georgia in 2016 before being named the running backs coach at IMG Academy for two seasons.
Ahead of the 2019 season, Williams was named the running backs coach at his alma mater.
“I’m fired up to have Cadillac on our staff,” said head coach Bryan Harsin. “After several conversations it was easy to see how much passion he has and his desire to learn, grow and develop in the coaching profession. Just spending time with him you see why he is the ultimate ambassador for Auburn football, and that goes beyond just being an elite player but an elite person.”
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