Former LB Travis Williams hired as defensive analyst

AUBURN – Gus Malzahn filled a second support staff vacancy in as many days on Tuesday, hiring former Auburn linebacker Travis Williams as a defensive analyst.

As first reported by Inside the Auburn Tigers, Williams became the second high school coach added to Auburn’s support staff, joining Byrnes (S.C.) coach Bobby Brantley, who was hired on Monday. Williams spent the last season as the defensive coordinator at Creekside (Fairburn, Ga.) High School, which won the Class 5A state championship.

Williams had 123 tackles, four interceptions and forced five fumbles during his four-year (2001-2005) career with the Tigers and was an All-SEC selection in 2004 and 2005. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent in 2006 and played with the Falcons through 2008 before returning to Auburn as a defensive graduate assistant in 2009 and 2010.

He produced several rap songs, including fan favorite “Tiger Walk,” before returning to coaching at Northern Iowa (Linebackers, 2012).

Auburn lost five members of its support staff to assistant coaching positions during the off-season. The Tigers open spring practice March 18.