Tracy Claeys tabs Jay Johnson as Gophers' new offensive coordinator


Minnesota has its new offensive coordinator.

Head coach Tracy Claeys announced Wednesday that Jay Johnson has been hired to run the Gophers' offense and coach quarterbacks.

Johnson, a Minnesota native, spent the past five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Louisiana-Lafayette.

"I am extremely excited," Johnson said in the announcement. "It's a great opportunity to come home. I grew up there and have been a Gopher fan all my life, so to come back home and be closer to family and to be part of a great institution like Minnesota is certainly a very exciting opportunity for me."

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Under Johnson, Louisiana-Lafayette set several program records, including the single-season records for total offensive yardage and points in 2012.

Johnson was also the offensive coordinator at Southern Miss and had assistant-coaching jobs at Kansas, Louisville and Central Michigan. As a student-athlete, he played quarterback at Northern Iowa.

Johnson replaces Matt Limegrover, who spent the past five seasons as the offensive coordinator at Minnesota. During his tenure, the Gophers had a couple stars in running back David Cobb and tight end Maxx Williams but generally struggled to establish consistent offensive success.

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