Nov 24, 2012; Oxford, MS, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs helmet during the game against the Mississippi Rebels at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mississippi Rebels defeated the Mississippi State Bulldogs 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State names Brian Johnson quarterbacks coach


Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen announced the hiring of Brian Johnson on Monday.

Johnson, who spent the past four seasons at Utah, will be the quarterback coach for the Bulldogs.

Mullen spoke highly of Johnson in the announcement:

I’ve known Brian since I recruited him at Utah, and he is an excellent fit to our staff with his experience and knowledge of the quarterback position. Along with Brian’s addition, Billy and John will continue to develop our offense, which was the most explosive in school history last season. Greg is well respected and has over 20 years of coaching experience that will enhance our special teams production. We are thrilled about the staff we have in place. The 2014 season promises to be an exciting one for our team and fans (College Football Talk).

As he alluded to in the statement, Mullen and Johnson previously crossed paths during the latter’s playing days. Mullen, while serving on Urban Meyer’s staff at Utah, helped recruit Johnson, who went on to lead the Utes to a 31-17 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

[Source: College Football Talk]

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