Auburn’s offensive staff has undergone quite a few changes this offseason. Recently, the Tigers promoted WR coach Eric Kiesau to the vacant offensive coordinator position.
That left the WR coach position open, and on Wednesday, the Tigers filled that position with a former Florida Gator.
As you can see below, the Tigers announced via Twitter that longtime NFL receiver Ike Hilliard was coming to The Plains as the team’s new WR coach:
Welcome to The Plains!
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) February 23, 2022
“Ike is exactly what we are looking for to lead our wide receivers room. His credentials really speak for themself – All-American in the SEC, NFL First Round pick, 12 years as a very productive player in the league and a decade plus coaching in the NFL,” head coach Bryan Harsin said in a statement. “Amongst all of those accomplishments one other thing really stood out showing who Ike is as a person and leader. He made a commitment to his family that he would graduate from college, and he never lost sight of that, finishing up his degree while also being a full-time NFL coach. Ike, without a doubt, possesses the same values that we want our Auburn program to be known for – character, discipline, toughness and conviction. We are excited to welcome Ike, his wife Lourdes and their children to the Auburn family.”
Hilliard was the No. 7 overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. He played for the New York Giants from 1997 to 2004 and for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2005 to 2008. In his NFL career, he recorded 546 catches for 6,397 yards and 35 touchdowns.
He spent the last 2 seasons as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ WR coach. He also has experience as the Washington and Buffalo WR coach. How he fares on The Plains remains to be seen. This will be his first coaching job in the college football ranks after spending his whole coaching career in the NFL.