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Alma Mater:
Utah (2008)


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Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks
4th Year

Coaching Experience

2010- Utah
2013 Co-Offensive Coordinator
2012 Offensive Coordinator
Bowl Games
2010 - Las Vegas Bowl
2011 - Sun Bowl

Brian Johnson, the winningest quarterback in Utah football history and the 2009 Sugar Bowl MVP, became the youngest NCAA FBS offensive coordinator in the country on Feb. 2, 2011 at age 24. Johnson, now in his fourth season overall on the staff and in the profession, has coached the quarterbacks since 2010. This year, he will share the coordinator title with one of the most prominent names in college coaching--Dennis Erickson--while retaining oversight of the quarterbacks.

His fast ascension in coaching has been nothing new for the Baytown, Texas, product. Just 16 years old when he signed a National Letter of Intent with the Utes in 2004, Johnson went on to play in 10 games as a true freshman backup to Heisman Trophy finalist Alex Smith during Utah's 12-0 Fiesta Bowl season.

The next spring, he became Utah's starting quarterback at age 17. In January 2010, a year after breaking the school record for wins by a starting quarterback (he was 26-7 in his career), Johnson accepted a position as Utah's quarterbacks coach.

Two years in that role was enough time to convince head coach Kyle Whittingham to appoint his rising star as the new offensive coordinator. This season, Johnson has the opportunity to work alongside former three-time Pac-10 Conference Coach of the Year Erickson as the co-coordinator.

Each of Johnson's first three seasons was defined injuries at the quarterback position. Starter Jordan Wynn was injured for part or most of every season and Johnson inserted three different replacements from 2010-12. In both 2010 and 2011, Utah recovered to earn a bowl bid (Las Vegas Bowl and Sun Bowl). Last year's offensive flow was impacted by the use of three different starting quarterbacks, as well as an injury to the school's all-time single-season rushing record holder, John White.

With an eye to the future, Johnson anointed true freshman Travis Wilson the starting quarterback for the final seven games of the season. He also turned to the run game once White recovered, implementing a game plan that allowed the senior to net 1,041 yards and become the first Ute ever to produce back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. Utah led the Pac-12 in time of possession, holding the ball an average of 32:07 a game.

Recruiting Area
Los Angeles, New Orleans

Playing Career
He was a three-year starter, two-time bowl MVP (2007 Poinsettia Bowl, 2009 Sugar Bowl), 2008 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year and four-time Academic All-MWC honoree. Johnson set the school mark for victories by a starting quarterback, finishing his career with a 26-7 record. A finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and the Manning awards as a senior in 2008, Johnson captained Utah to the best record in school history (13-0) and a Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. He began his Ute career as a true freshman, playing in 10 games during Utah's 12-0 BCS-busting 2004 season. He started for the Utes in 2005, 2007 and 2008, redshirting in 2006 while recovering from knee surgery.

Utah, 2008 Bachelor's in mass communication

Personal Data
Hometown: Baytown, Texas
Birthdate: Feb. 16, 1987
Family: Married to the former Ashley Chapman.

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