Dak Prescott has been one of the breakout stars of the 2016 NFL season. One of his collegiate mentors, as it turns out, is moving up the coaching ladder as well.
Tuesday afternoon, Houston announced that new head coach Major Applewhite has added Brian Johnson as his offensive coordinator. Johnson will also serve as the Cougars’ quarterbacks coach.
The latter was Johnson’s role at Mississippi State the past three seasons, the first two of which coincided with Prescott’s last two seasons with the Bulldogs.
“He was unbelievable and I’m very thankful to have him as a coach. Once I got the offense down, he took me to another level and his knowledge of the game was invaluable,” a statement attributed to the Dallas Cowboys quarterback began. “It meant a lot to have someone who has played at such a high level be able to teach you. You look at the success he had with his undefeated season at Utah and you know he can back up what he is teaching. He’s also a great guy who pushes you to be a better person in the community and academically. I’m very proud of him.”
Prior to his time at MSU, Johnson spent four seasons as an assistant at his alma mater Utah. In 2012 at the age of 24 he was named as the Utes’ coordinator, becoming the youngest FBS assistant to ever hold that title.