AU Assit coaches Travis Williams

Auburn linebackers coach Travis Williams speaks to reporters Tuesday, March 28, 2017, in Auburn, Ala.

Auburn linebackers coach and former on-field standout Travis Williams is adding the co-defensive coordinator tag to his job description, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced Thursday along with several other staff changes.

Williams is set to enter his fourth season as Auburn’s full-time linebackers coach next fall. He first joined Auburn’s staff as a defensive analyst back in 2014, after spending time with the team as a graduate assistant from 2009-11.

This past season, Williams helped coach Tigers senior middle linebacker Deshaun Davis to All-SEC honors — the same recognition he picked up in 2004 and 2005 at Auburn as a standout linebacker on the Plains.

His promotion comes under Tigers defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Auburn defensive backs coach Marcus Woodson is also adding the title of recruiting coordinator to his role with the staff, the school announced Thursday, with the announcement of several off-field staff changes.

Auburn has promoted Brett Whiteside to director of football operations and administration. Former Tigers player Jorrell Bostrom has been promoted to a position that includes responsibilities on all player-related activities.

Levorn Harbin is now Auburn’s director of recruiting. He served as a defensive analyst at Auburn in 2013-14.

Meanwhile, three new off-field analysts have joined the program, in Kendall Simmons, Adam Herring and Addison Williams.

Simmons and Herring are former Auburn players, the former a longtime Pittsburgh Steelers stalwart who’s introduction to Auburn’s staff was announced back in January. Herring is from Springdale, Ark. and Shiloh Christian, where Malzahn once rose through the high school coaching ranks,

Addison Williams played linebacker at South Carolina where he was a two-year letterman from 2007-08.

Steven Haunga, who played for Malzahn during his previous head coaching stint tat Arkansas State, is also joining the team as a graduate assistant after three seasons on staff at Tulsa.

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