Utah hires former QB Johnson as assistant

Former Utah quarterback Brian Johnson, who led the Utes to a perfect season and a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama in 2008, has been named the team’s quarterbacks coach.

Johnson replaces J.D. Williams, who left for UNLV.

“The addition of Brian Johnson to our coaching staff is a huge positive for our program,” Utah coach Kyle Whittingham said. “Brian was an outstanding player for us, has natural leadership ability and possesses a complete understanding of the game. Brian’s intelligence, knowledge of the quarterback position and tireless work ethic will help make his transition into coaching a smooth one. Our players respect and admire Brian, and they will respond well to him in his new role.”

Johnson, 23, was 26-7 in his three years as starter for the Utes. He earned five bowl victories from 2004-08 and was named the MVP of the 2007 Poinsettia Bowl and the 2009 Sugar Bowl.

Johnson graduated from Utah in May 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications. He spent this past season assisting the quarterbacks for the Utes.