In his first season at UAB in 2012, Johnson coached All-Conference USA linebacker Marvin Burdette who set Blazer single-season and career records for tackles with 157 and 406, respectively. Burdette signed a free agent agreement with the Washington Redskins last spring.
While with the Razorbacks, Johnson coached the inside linebackers each of his years in Fayetteville.
Arkansas linebacker Jerry Franklin led the team in tackles for the fourth straight season in 2011, a feat not accomplished at Arkansas since 1960. He ranked sixth in the SEC with a career-high 101 tackles, which was the most by a Razorback since 2007. Franklin also tied for 18th in the conference with 10.0 tackles for loss and tied for the team lead with five quarterback hurries in 2011.
Johnson kept the linebacker unit strong in 2010 as Jerry Franklin led the team with a career-high 100 tackles and was named second-team All-SEC. Franklin became the second Arkansas player since 1960 to lead the team in tackles for three straight seasons. He ranked ninth in the Southeastern Conference in tackles with 7.69 stops per game and tied for seventh in the SEC with 1.00 tackles for loss per game.
In 2009, Franklin was 12th in the SEC in total tackles with 94 stops. He also was honored as a Freshman All-American and named to the SEC All-Freshman Team for the 2008 season.
Johnson was on head coach Bobby Petrino's staff at Louisville from 2003-06 and remained on the Cardinals' staff in 2007.
The Hollandale, Miss., native coached the Louisville defensive line in 2003. The defensive front included All-American Elvis Dumervil, who also won the Nagurski and Hendricks Awards. It also featured Omobi Okoye, the teenage phenom defensive tackle who, at 19 years old, was the 10th overall pick in the 2005 NFL draft.
In 2004, Johnson moved to the linebacker position on the Cardinals' staff. That year, Robert McCune led the team in tackles and was an All-Conference USA selection. McCune was a fifth-round draft pick by the Washington Redskins. Johnson also worked with Brandon Johnson, the team's second-leading tackler. In 2005, Brandon Johnson led the team in tackles and was an All-Big East selection. He was later drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
In 2006, Johnson coached Nate Harris who was the team's leading tackler and signed as a free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Lamar Myles led the team with 128 stops during the 2007 season after finishing second on the team in 2006. Myles and Malik Jackson signed free agent deals with Jacksonville and Oakland, respectively.
Johnson was a four-year letterman at the University of Louisville from 1987-90. His senior year he helped the Cardinals finish 10-1-1 with a 34-7 victory over Alabama in the 1991 Fiesta Bowl. He ended his career with 252 tackles.
Johnson began his coaching career as a defensive graduate assistant at UL in 1998. His first full-time coaching position was at Alabama A&M. He coached defensive tackles in 1998 and 1999. In 2000 he coached inside linebackers. A&M ranked first in the country in rushing defense (39.7) and 10th in total defense (275 ypg) for the 2000 season.
After the 2000 season, Johnson moved to the University of Texas at El Paso. There he coached defensive ends in 2001 and linebackers in 2002. At UTEP, he groomed future second-round draft pick Thomas Howard before joining Petrino's staff at Louisville in 2003.
He earned his bachelor's degree in political science and his master's degree in education from Louisville.
Johnson and his wife Eulice have two children, Sydney and Jordan.