Florida assistant discusses recent promotion to OC, how it will affect Gators moving forward
Florida has shaken up its offensive coaching staff under head coach Dan Mullen for the 2020 season, and that means it will have a new offensive coordinator on the sideline this fall.
The Gators’ 2020 roster revealed that Brian Johnson will be serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the latter of which was his sole previous position. Billy Gonzales will be the passing game coordinator/receivers coach and John Hevesy will be the running game coordinator/offensive line coach, after the duo previously served as co-offensive coordinators.
Johnson told the media Monday that he had discussed a move to OC with Mullen and that the day-to-day operation of the coaching staff will remain a “very collaborative effort.”
“Our entire offensive staff has been together for a really long time,” Johnson said during his session with the media, including AllGators on Sports Illustrated. “Excited to make sure that we go out there and compete at a high level every week.”
After Mullen was hired to be the Gators’ head coach in November 2017, he added Johnson to his staff the next month. Johnson previously served as an assistant at Houston (2017), Mississippi State (2014-16) and Utah (2010-13). He was Utah’s offensive coordinator for two seasons and served in that role in his lone season at Houston.
Johnson is the first Black offensive coordinator in Florida’s program history, something he was unaware of until he was told Monday.
“That’s obviously something to be very, very proud of,” Johnson told the media.
Florida is set to open its season on Saturday at Ole Miss at noon ET on ESPN.