Auburn fires wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams


Auburn wide receiver Shedrick Jackson (11) celebrates after he catches a pass for a touchdown over Georgia State cornerback Quavian White (20) to take the lead in the final minute of the second half of an NCAA football game Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 34-24. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn has fired first-year wide receivers coach Cornelius Williams four games into the season.

Spokesman Kirk Sampson confirmed the firing Sunday evening, a day after the 22nd-ranked Tigers had to rally in the final minute to beat Georgia State. Auburn’s offensive struggles led to the benching third-year starting quarterback Bo Nix.

LSU transfer T.J. Finley threw the go-ahead 10-yard touchdown pass to Shedrick Jackson with 45 seconds left and Auburn added an interception return for a score in the 34-24 win.

Auburn is set to visit Finley’s former school on Saturday. Williams spent the last six years coaching receivers at Troy, where he played from 2006-09.

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