|Horton's Coaching Career|
SEC veteran Tim Horton, who helped the Tigers to a 2013 SEC Championship and BCS Championship berth, joined the Auburn Family prior to the 2013 season. He serves as running backs coach and has become special teams coordinator for the 2017 season. He served as recruiting coordinator in 2015-16, producing a fourth consecutive Top 10 recruiting class.
During his productive career, Horton has coached eight all-SEC running backs, eight 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). His all-SEC players include: Cameron Artis-Payne, Knile Davis, Felix Jones, Tre Mason, Darren McFadden, Kamryn Pettway, Michael Smith and Jonathan Williams.
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 2015, Peyton Barber (1,017) became the seventh 1,000-yard rusher Horton has coached since 2007, and in 2016, Kamryn Pettway rushed for 1,224 yards, leading the SEC in rushing.
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 NFL draft pick in 2015 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. Barber signed with Tampa Bay in 2016. Eleven different running backs coached by Horton have been an NFL starter during the last 10 seasons; his NFL products include Cameron Artis-Payne, Peyton Barber, Knile Davis, Corey Grant, Michael Johnson, Felix Jones, Tre Mason, Darren McFadden, Michael Smith, Jonathan Williams and Ronnie Wingo.
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, Jonathan Williams 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 student), and a son, Jackson.