Brian Johnson (quarterback)
February 16, 1987 |
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Mississippi State (QB)
|Accomplishments and honors|
|Mountain West Conference Champions|
Brian Delance Johnson (born February 16, 1987) is an American football quarterback coach for Mississippi State University. He played college football at Utah and was drafted by the New York Sentinels in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009.
Johnson was born to parents Stacey and Shonna Johnson in Baytown, Texas. His father played college football for the UTEP Miners at the University of Texas, El Paso. Brian Johnson attended Robert E. Lee High School, where he lettered in football and basketball. During his senior year in 2003, in which he took over starting quarterback duties from Drew Tate, Johnson passed for 2,900 yards and 33 touchdowns, completed 71.6% of his passes, and rushed for 540 yards and 12 touchdowns. Johnson was named the district Most Valuable Player, first-team all-district, and second-team all-state.
After graduating early from Robert E. Lee High School Johnson was a two-star recruit coming out of high school, and not ranked among the top quarterback prospects of his class. Johnson was recruited by Utah, Illinois and Louisiana Tech.
In 2005, Johnson took over the starting quarterback position, where he remained for the first ten games until a season-ending knee injury against New Mexico on 12 November. He threw for 2,892 yards and 18 touchdowns. Against Wyoming, he was named the Mountain West Conference (MWC) Offensive Player of the Week for completing 32 of 45 passes for 384 yards and four touchdowns and rushing for 67 yards and a touchdown. He was first in the MWC and fourth nationwide in total offensive yards with an average 337.0 yards per game. He was second in the MWC in passing yardage with 289.2 yards per game. He also tied the MWC record for least amount of interceptions thrown in a season at seven. The Utes record with Johnson at quarterback in 2005 was 5–5, before ultimately finishing the season 7–5.
After surgery on December 1, 2005 to correct his knee injury, Johnson redshirted his third year in order to convalesce during the 2006 season. In 2007, Johnson returned to see action in 11 games, ten of which were starts. In the first game of the season against Oregon State, he injured his shoulder and subsequently missed two following games. During the season he threw for 2,636 yards and 24 touchdowns. In the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl against Navy, Johnson completed 20 out of 25 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 69 yards and one touchdown. For his performance, he was named the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl Most Valuable Player.
In 2008, Johnson returned as the Utes' starting quarterback for his final season. In the first game against Rich Rodriguez's Michigan, he threw for 305 yards in Utah's 25–23 win. They went on to compile wins against Air Force, Oregon State (who the previous week defeated USC), and then 12th-ranked TCU, a team that only had one other loss in the season against future BCS Championship Game participants second-ranked Oklahoma. In their final regular season game against 14th-ranked BYU, Johnson threw for 303 yards and four touchdowns in a 48–24 victory. Utah's performance was good enough to secure a sixth-ranked ranking the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) poll and the only non-BCS conference team to secure a berth in a BCS game, the 2009 Sugar Bowl, against Southeastern Conference (SEC) Western Division champions Alabama. Alabama had previously been 12–0 and ranked #1 in all the major polls before a defeat in the SEC Championship Game against Florida. In the Sugar Bowl, Johnson led then seventh-ranked Utah with 336 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in a 31–17 surprise upset over fourth-ranked Alabama. For his performance, Johnson was named the 2009 Sugar Bowl Most Outstanding Player. Utah finished the season as the only undefeated team with a 13–0 record. Johnson was featured as the cover athlete of the PlayStation 3 edition of the NCAA Football 10 video game.
Johnson went 26-7 as a starting quarterback in his career at Utah, finishing as the winningest quarterback in school history.
After going undrafted in the 2009 NFL Draft, he was invited to the Green Bay Packers rookie mini-camp along with Tulsa quarterback David Johnson. He was not subsequently signed by an NFL team, but the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League were reportedly interested in him.
New York Sentinels
Johnson was selected in the inaugural United Football League (UFL) draft by the New York Sentinels. Johnson had said at UFL tryouts, "It's a chance to keep playing football ... You have to take every opportunity you can get. You have to keep knocking on doors. You have to show them you can compete, that you have the physical tools they want." He signed with the team on August 5, 2009, but was released on September 28, 2009.
In January 2010, at 23 years of age, Johnson was named the quarterbacks coach at the University of Utah by head coach Kyle Whittingham. On February 2, 2012, two weeks before his 25th birthday, Johnson was named Offensive Coordinator at Utah by Whittingham.
On February 10, 2014, Johnson was named as the quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State reuniting him with Coach Dan Mullen who offered him a scholarship to sign with Utah during Urban Meyer's tenure as the Utes head football coach.
- Player Bio, University of Utah Utes football official website, retrieved 3 January 2009.
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- ESPN Stats, ESPN, retrieved January 3, 2009.
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- ESPN College football statistics
- Packers invite two QBs to rookie camp, Green Bay Press-Gazette, April 27, 2009.
- Bombers' brass trying to play by the numbers in makeover, Winnipeg Free Press, May 20, 2009.
- Losman ticketed for UFL, Las Vegas, Las Vegas Review Journal, June 19, 2009.
- UFL tryouts: The place where dreams still live, Las Vegas Review Journal, June 15, 2009.