Cadillac Williams staying on as Auburn football running backs coach
The Tigers' new coach announced Friday that Cadillac Williams will stay on as the team's running backs coach, a role he has served in since 2019.
“I’m fired up to have Cadillac on our staff,” Harsin said in a statement. “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.”
Williams will have his work cut out for him. Three of the five running backs Auburn began the 2020 season with – Harold Joiner, Mark-Antony Richards and, Friday, D.J. Williams – have entered their names into the transfer portal since October.
It does appear, though, that Williams will get to continue coaching Tank Bigsby, who earned SEC Freshman of the Year honors after rushing for 834 yards and five touchdowns.
Friday's news that Williams would stay on as running backs coach came just about an hour after Bigsby posted on Instagram that he was "ready for next year." It's quite possible the two things are related – they have a close relationship dating back to when Williams recruited Bigsby from nearby Callaway High in LaGrange, Georgia.
“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, a Gadsden native, starred on the Plains from 2001-04, rushing for at least 600 yards in all four seasons he played at Auburn and at least 1,100 in each of the last two. He finished his career with 3,831 yards and 45 touchdowns on 741 carries, totals that rank second, first and first in program history, respectively.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers took Williams with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors that season after rushing for 1,078 yards and six touchdowns, but a series of knee injuries limited him to seven seasons at the professional level.
Williams began his coaching career at Henderson State in 2015, served as an offensive graduate assistant at West Georgia in 2016, then became as the running backs coach at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, before returning to his alma mater in 2019.
Williams will work under Mike Bobo, who was named Auburn's offensive coordinator on Thursday.