Auburn Football: Coaching Staff Updates, Rumors and Speculation

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Oct 11, 2014; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin reacts during the first half against the LSU Tigers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports


But what to do with the linebackers?

An intriguing name is Travis Williams, who served as a defensive analyst this season, but is coaching the linebackers during bowl practices. It would be a surprise to see Williams hired as a full time member of the coaching staff, but much like the players, Williams is auditioning for Muschamp – and it seems to be going well so far.

“(He told us) that it was a dream come true for him,” linebacker Kris Frost said in a recent interview. “You can see it each and every day that we go out there in how much intensity he puts in each and every single drill and how much focus he puts into the little things. He’s made sure that we do the little things right all the time.”

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Still, Williams’ only experience as a full-time assistant was at Northern Iowa in 2013. Landing the linebackers job at Auburn would be surprising, though not completely out of the question.

A name many would love to see on staff next year is D.J. Durkin, who was Muschamp’s defensive coordinator in 2013. Durkin coached linebackers for the Gators from 2010-2013, and also has experience as a special teams coordinator.

He has an impressive resume with time on Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Stanford as well as Urban Meyer’s at Bowling Green and is the interim head coach for the Gators in the Birmingham Bowl.

However, there are plenty of other teams – Texas A&M, most notably – that would love to hire Durkin as their defensive coordinator, so it would be a shock to see him as the linebackers coach at Auburn next season.

Also, Muschamp could coach the linebackers himself, like Johnson did in previous seasons.

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