Tim Horton, a former Conway High star running back and current running backs coach at Auburn, is one of five finalists for the FootballScoop Running Backs Coach of the Year Award.

Under Horton’s guidance, Auburn has averaged 318.25 rushing yards per game this season on the way to a Southeastern Conference championship and a spot in the BCS Championship game. The Tigers are the first SEC team in 28 years to average 300 rushing yards per game.

Horton, a former wide receiver for the University of Arkansas, has previously served as an assistant coach at Appalachian State, Air Force, Kansas State and the University of Arkansas.

One of the backs Horton coaches, Tre Mason, who rushed for 304 yards in the SEC championship game, has been invited to New York this weekend as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Horton is a son of former UCA head coach Harold Horton.

Other finalists are Stan Drayton, Ohio State; Thomas Hammock, Boston College; Jeff Lebby, Baylor; and Al Washington, Boston College.

The candidates were nominated by a head coach, athletic director or other athletic department personnel at their respective schools.