Tracy Claeys tabs Jay Johnson as Gophers' new offensive coordinator

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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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