The Texas Longhorns are bringing back a former player to be the team’s new running backs coach, and it isn’t someone you would expect.
Anthony Johnson, who played for the team from 2001-2005, has been hired by the team as the replacement for Tommie Robinson. Robinson left the team in January to return to a position at USC. Johnson was recently promoted to co-offensive coordinator at Toledo, but decided to return to his alma mater to coach the position he knows so much about.
“Our entire staff thought that Anthony was a perfect fit to coach our running backs,” head coach Charlie Strong said in a statement on the hiring. . “He’s a tremendous young coach with great energy and enthusiasm. Anthony played high school ball in Texas, played and coached at Texas and really knows the pride and tradition of our place and our state well. He’s a guy that has played running back at a high level, who also has gained a great deal of experience coaching the position and just has so much passion for the game and drive as a coach. You could really see that during our visits, and I know Sterlin (Gilbert) and the offensive staff really hit it off with him, too. He’ll be a super addition to our staff, and we’re looking forward to getting him here.”
Despite not playing much during his time as a player at Texas, Johnson has seen what it takes to be a successful running back at the college level. Hopefully, for the Longhorns, he can translate what he knows into success on the field for players.
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