Former Tiger Thrilled to Join Malzahn's Staff

Travis Williams talks about why he is excited to be returning to help coach at his alma mater.

Auburn, Ala.--Travis Williams, an outstanding linebacker who played on Auburn's unbeaten 2004 Southeastern Conference Championship team, is planning to return to his alma mater as a quality control coach for Gus Malzahn's football team.

"Being able to come back to Auburn is just a great opportunity," Williams told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Being a player here and a graduate assistant and being an Auburn man, it's a great opportunity.

"Being able to work under a great man like Gus Malzahn, I'm just on cloud nine right now. It's just a great feeling. Also, being able to work with a defensive staff like that is a great feeling and will be a great experience for me."

Williams noted that he is excited to be working directly with Auburn defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson along with Rodney Garner, Charlie Harbison and Melvin Smith.

"It's better than any coaching convention or anything you could go to," he pointed out. "Just in that room alone is 75 years of SEC experience so it's going to be awesome just working with them. Coach Johnson is a guy who just knows the game inside and out and I want to be that sponge that just soaks up the knowledge."

Williams, who coached at Creekside High in Georgia last season, noted that he expects to start on his new assignment next week after the paperwork for his new assignment is finished.

"I think it's a great opportunity for me," he said. "For one I'm thankful Coach Malzahn has a position open because of his passion for high school coaches and giving us an opportunity to be there."

Three of Malzahn's quality control coaches from the 2013 season moved on to full-time coaching positions on Division I staffs. "Just watching the trend that is going on it's a great opportunity," Williams said. "Even bigger than that it's great for me to be back at Auburn."

Travis Williams (right) is shown working at practice with former Tiger linebacker Jake Holland when Williams was working as a graduate assistant coach for Auburn's 2010 national championship team.

Williams, who started 36 games for the Tigers, finished his Auburn career with 225 tackles. He forced five fumbles, intercepted four passes and was credited with 4 1/2 quarterback sacks while earning second team All-SEC honors when he led the Tigers in tackles with 58 solo stops and 22 assists.

An undersized linebacker the Tigers signed out of Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C., he was considered one of the most knowledgeable defensive players the Tigers had during the Tommy Tuberville Era. He had a brief NFL career, playing seven games for the Atlanta Falcons.

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