Auburn football: Former Tiger linebacker and grad assistant Travis Williams joins support staff

rblack@ledger-enquirer.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Former Auburn linebacker and graduate assistant Travis Williams rejoined the Tigers on Tuesday. Williams accepted an off-field role as a defensive analyst on Gus Malzahn's support staff.

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AUBURN, Ala. — For the second time in as many days, Auburn has added a member to its support staff.

And the hire is one most who follow the Tigers will recognize. On Tuesday, Auburn brought Travis Williams on as a defensive analyst. The hire was first reported by Inside the Auburn Tigers, part of the Scout.com network. Williams' position will reportedly be an off-field role.

Hailing from Columbia, S.C., Williams arrived in Auburn in 2001 and redshirted during his first season. His role continued to expand over the next four seasons, highlighted by his 80-tackle campaign in 2004, when he was a consensus All-SEC first-team performer as the Tigers went undefeated and beat Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl. He then moved on to the NFL, where he appeared in six games for the Atlanta Falcons from 2006-08.

One year later, he was back on the Plains, accepting a job as a defensive graduate assistant on Gene Chizik's staff. He was part of the Tigers' 2010 national team and stayed through the spring of 2012 before he moved on to Northern Iowa. He coached the Panthers' linebackers under the direction of head coach Mark Farley.

Williams is the second coach to join Auburn's support staff this week. On Monday, former Byrnes (S.C.) High coach Bobby Bentley came on board as an offensive analyst, which will have him mentoring the Tigers' quarterbacks.

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