|Horton's Coaching Career|
SEC veteran Tim Horton, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and BCS Championship berth, enters his fourth season as Auburn's running backs coach. He also tutors the kickoff and punt returners and added the duties of recruiting coordinator prior to the 2016 campaign.
During his productive career, Horton has coached seven all-SEC running backs, seven different 1,000-yard rushers and two of the SEC's all-time single season rushing leaders in Tre Mason (1,816) and Darren McFadden (1,830).
The 2013 Tigers led the nation with 328.3 yards rushing per game. Junior Tre Mason, a Heisman Trophy finalist and the SEC Offensive Player of the Year, ranked third in the nation with 23 rushing touchdowns, sixth nationally with 1,816 yards rushing, sixth with 10.7 points per game, sixth with 169.57 all-purpose yards per game and eighth with 129.7 rushing yards per game.
In 2014, Cameron Artis-Payne led the SEC in rushing with 1,608 yards, 123.7 yards per game. In 2016, Peyton Barber (1,017) became the seventh 1,000-yard rusher Horton has coached since 2007.
Two Auburn running backs were selected in the 2014 NFL Draft -- Mason in the third round by the St. Louis Rams and fullback Jay Prosch in the sixth round by the Houston Texans. Artis-Payne was a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, and Corey Grant, who led the nation in yards per carry, joined the Jacksonville Jaguars that season. Barber was signed by Tampa Bay after the 2016 Draft.
Prior to joining Malzahn's staff at Auburn, Horton spent six seasons in a similar capacity at Arkansas, where he was also recruiting coordinator. Horton was recognized by Rivals.com and ESPN.com as one of the nation's top recruiters during his time at Arkansas. He 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. Under his watch, 2007 Doak Walker Award winner Darren McFadden and Felix Jones earned All-America honors, while Dennis Johnson, Michael Smith and Knile Davis earned all-SEC honors.
Horton, who played football at Arkansas from 1986-89, returned to his alma mater in 2007. He came to Arkansas after taking the offensive coordinator and wide receivers coaching position at Air Force in January, 2007. During the 2006 season, he was the running backs coach at Kansas State, helping the Wildcats earn a Texas Bowl appearance while tutoring future NFL running backs Thomas Clayton and James Johnson.
At Air Force from 1999-2005, serving as the wide receivers (1999-2004) and running backs coach (2005), Horton was recognized by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Colorado chapter as one of its 2004 coaches of the year.
He began his coaching career at Appalachian State in 1990 and helped ASU to a 67-32 record during his eight years, including Southern Conference championships in 1991 and 1995 and five NCAA Division I-AA playoff appearances.
Horton earned his bachelor's degree in marketing management from Arkansas in 1990, where 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, hauling in 23 catches for 453 yards as a senior in 1989. Horton also returned 78 punts for 657 yards in his collegiate career, fifth all-time in school history. The Razorbacks compiled a 38-11 record, still tied for the school record for the most wins in a four-year period, won back-to-back Southwest Conference titles (1988-89) and appeared in four straight bowl games.
A two-time academic all-conference selection, Horton was a second-team All-SWC selection in 1989 and served as team captain. Horton was a two-time all-state running back and a track standout at Conway (Ark.) High School. Horton and his wife Lauren have a daughter, Caroline (an Auburn sophomore), and a son, Jackson.