Eliah Drinkwitz completes his first Missouri staff by hiring offensive line coach from another SEC program
Eliah Drinkwitz has rounded out his first Missouri staff by landing his 10th assistant for the 2020 season.
Following Joe Moorhead’s dismissal at Mississippi State, Bulldog offensive line coach Marcus Johnson’s status in Starkville was in limbo but that is no longer the case as Drinkwitz has hired Johnson to serve as the offensive line coach at Missouri.
Johnson served as Mississippi State’s offensive line coach for two seasons after being hired by Moorhead after serving seven years as an assistant on Duke’s coaching staff.
The offensive line at Mississippi State led the way for Kylin Hill to finish second in the SEC in rushing yards last season. Johnson also coached All-SEC linemen Elgton Jenkins and Deion Calhoun, both of which now play in the NFL. Johnson should also be an asset in recruiting as Mississippi State signed five-star offensive lineman Charles Cross during the 2019 recruiting cycle to play for Johnson.
Johnson also played in the SEC as he is a graduate of Ole Miss before he went on to appear in 53 games in the NFL.
“I’m excited to add Marcus and his family to our family at Mizzou,” said Drinkwitz. “The experience he brings as a player and coach in the SEC, coupled with the success he’s had as a player in the NFL and developing a lot of guys who have made it to that next level, make this a great hire for our program.”
Johnson added this comment along with the news:
“I’m absolutely excited about the opportunity to work with Coach Drink and be part of the Mizzou program. I think Coach Drink is one of the top young, innovative coaches out there, and this is an amazing opportunity for me to continue to grow and develop in the profession. My family and I are looking forward to this new chapter in our lives and I’m excited to get to work learning everything I need to know about Missouri.”