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Mississippi State hires Utah assistant

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Dan Mullen and Mississippi State have filled the only coaching vacancy on his staff. The Bulldogs have hired Utah co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson, and he will be the new MSU quarterbacks coach, according to multiple reports. He will replace Les Koenning, who left for Texas.

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Johnson’s offense at Utah scored 29.2 points per game while the team finished with a disappointing 5-7 record. Johnson was demoted back to quarterbacks coach when Utah’s head coach Kyle Whittingham hired an offensive coordinator.

Mullen recruited Johnson to Utah, the same Johnson that helped beat Alabama in the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

Mullen also made no mistake about who will be calling the plays during his signing day media conference.

“I called all the plays for us last year. I spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks. The two quarterbacks who are coming in know that I was sort of the quarterback coach anyway. They didn’t have to wait and see who it may be. Fortunately how that worked out it allowed us to take our time. Hopefully within the next week we’ll have something in place.”

Although nothing has been officially announced, Johnson will likely coach the quarterbacks with Mullen calling the plays in 2014.

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  1. ELMSU
    Commented : 2 months ago

    Do you see this potentially opening up a new area for the coaching staff to recruit, since Johnson has experience coaching in the Northwest?

  2. “I called all the plays for us last year. I spent a lot of time with the quarterbacks. The two quarterbacks who are coming in know that I was sort of the quarterback coach anyway.”……. So, the way I read it was, we really didn’t need a quarterbacks coach or a OC. Hope he was brought in because he is a outstanding recruiter…. I don’t know……. I was really hoping for a Special teams coach…. our ST was terrible last year. When you know you have to go for it on 4th and __ from the 20 yard line instead of kicking a field goal because you cant trust your kicker, there is a problem, or when you have to punt out of your own endzone and you take 2 extra steps to get the ball off when you know they are all out blocking and you just need to catch the ball and kick it as hard as possible with one step….. JUST SAYIN, im not mad at the kid, anybody can miss a field goal at any time but I’m just pointing out that a lot of schools have better field goal percentages than we do and I don’t know if it is from them being better or being coached better. Tighten up Dan. #HAILSTATE