Even though he didn't get the win, Auburn's interim head football coach Carnell "Cadillac" Williams turned a lot of heads with his team's performance against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville on Saturday, with him now getting a mention as a possibility to fill the vacancy left behind by Bryan Harsin, who was fired last week from the head coaching position.

U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn), who coached Williams at Auburn in the mid-2000s as a player, spoke approving his former player's effort during an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5 on Tuesday.

Tuberville, the coach at Auburn University from 1999 through 2008, said Williams' "enthusiasm" was needed to get through until the end of the season.

"Well, they did play hard, and Cadillac showed a lot of enthusiasm, as he did when he played for me," he said. "I think he was an excellent interim. You keep them fired up. You keep them going through the rest of the season. It's hard to let the head coach go in the middle of the season. But it got to the point where there was no other choice. They've got a big game against [Texas] A&M and then Western Kentucky and, of course, the Iron Bowl. And I think Cadillac will do a good job, keep the players motivated and intense, and hopefully get a little bit better."

Jeff Poor is the executive editor of 1819 News and host of "The Jeff Poor Show," heard Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon on Mobile's FM Talk 106.5. To connect or comment, email jeff.poor@1819News.com or follow him on Twitter @jeff_poor.

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