Florida adds former Utah QB Brian Johnson to coaching staff

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — New Florida coach Dan Mullen has made another hire to his coaching staff as the Gators announced the addition of Brian Johnson on Sunday.

Johnson played quarterback at Utah from 2004-08, backing up starter Alex Smith during Mullen’s final year as offensive coordinator there. He then spent two years as the Utes’ QB coach, two years as the program’s offensive coordinator, then three seasons as the QB coach at Mississippi State under Mullen before working as the offensive coordinator and QB coach at Houston in 2017.

Mullen has made four official hires so far, bringing Mississippi State co-offensive coordinators Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy aboard as well as Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

Florida has also retained three of former coach Jim McElwain’s assistants for the time being at least, in running backs coach Ja’Juan Seider, linebackers coach Tim Skipper and offensive line coach Brad Davis. Defensive line coach Chris Rumph had remained on board until taking a position at Tennessee earlier this week.

Johnson passed for 7,853 yards, 57 touchdowns and 27 interceptions with 848 rushing yards and 12 scores over three seasons as Utah’s starting QB and that one season as Smith’s backup.

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