Georgia brings in a new offensive voice, and at a discount


There’s a new offensive analyst on Georgia’s football staff, and it comes at a very low cost for the school.

Jay Johnson, who spent last year as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator, was hired by Georgia to be an analyst, a document provided by the school confirms. And he’s going to be earning $50,000.

Yes, only five digits before the decimal point. There’s a reason for that.

When Johnson was hired by Minnesota, he was given a two-year contract paying $550,000 per year. So when he was fired along with most of the rest of the staff, the Gophers were on the hook for this year’s salary.

Thus, Georgia will pay Johnson at a very low level.

Analysts are, by NCAA rule, prohibited from doing any on-field coaching, during practices or games. Their role is to advise behind the scenes by watching practice tape and evaluating.

Johnson’s connection to Georgia and Kirby Smart is unclear. He’s from Minnesota and has spent his entire career outside the SEC. Prior to his one year at Minnesota — where he was also the quarterbacks coach — Johnson was the OC/QB coach at Louisiana-Lafayette from 2011-15. He’s also worked at Central Michigan, Louisville, Southern Miss and Kansas.

Jay Johnson spent one year as Minnesota’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. (Twitter Photo).

Where did Johnson play? There’s an interesting story.

It was at Northern Iowa from 1989-92, where he was the starting quarterback for three seasons, and the top backup was someone named Kurt Warner.

“I always tell people, ‘He’s worth millions; I’m a trivia question,’” Johnson said upon being hired at Minnesota last year, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Well, he may not be worth millions, but Johnson is a very good deal for Georgia, which obviously struggled on offense last year. And it lucked into Johnson, thanks to timing.

Minnesota let head coach Tracy Claeys and most of the staff go late in the process, in early January, when most jobs were already filled. During a normal open market, Johnson almost certainly would have found an on-field job.

Under Johnson, the Gophers averaged 29.3 points per game, 63rd nationally, an improvement over averaging 22.3 points the year before Johnson’s arrival, ranking 105th nationally. Minnesota finished 107th in total offense last year, four spots lower than it was the year before.

And at Louisiana-Lafayette, Johnson’s offense set school records in 2012 for total offense (5,914 yards) and points (461), and finished 22nd in the nation in 2014 in total offense. The Ragin’ Cajuns also set a school record in 2013 for first downs and plays from scrimmage.

“We were considered a no-huddle team at times,” Johnson said, according to the Star Tribune. “We played with, I thought, fairly decent tempo; other times we didn’t. We were more concerned at the end of the day about being right than we were playing fast.”

The post Georgia brings in a new offensive voice, and at a discount appeared first on DawgNation.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Fortune Magazine names Nick Saban one of world’s 50 greatest leaders of 2018
Fortune Magazine names Nick Saban one of world’s 50 greatest leaders of 2018

Alabama coach Nick Saban has picked up plenty of honors and awards over the years, but his leadership during the 2017 season has earned him more recognition. According to Fortune Magazine, Saban was the 12th best leader in the world last year, and the outlet specifically noted his decision to replace Jalen Hurts with freshman...
Assessing the state of Florida program after Dan Mullen’s first spring
Assessing the state of Florida program after Dan Mullen’s first spring

Welcome to Chomp Chat, SEC Country’s  daily Florida podcast with reporter Zach Abolverdi and Gators broadcaster Jeff Cardozo. By all accounts, the first spring under Florida coach Dan Mullen went about as well as it could have. The team transformed their bodies with new strength coach Nick Savage, some playmakers emerged...
South Carolina football: The latest on Hayden Hurst, Skai Moore and 2018 NFL Draft
South Carolina football: The latest on Hayden Hurst, Skai Moore and 2018 NFL Draft

Hayden Hurst, one of the most decorated tight ends in the history of South Carolina football, is seven days away from potentially adding another line to his impressive resume. Three NFL draft analysts from nfl.com list Hurst as a first-round draft pick in their respective mock drafts. Daniel Jeremiah: No. 16 — Baltimore Ravens ...
Georgia Bulldogs Matte Stainless Steel Stemless Tumbler
Georgia Bulldogs Matte Stainless Steel Stemless Tumbler

As a die-hard Georgia Bulldogs fan, you are always looking to add unique pieces of memorabilia to your collection. This Matte Stainless Steel stemless tumbler would be a welcomed addition that you will use all the time! The Georgia Bulldogs graphics make this perfect for game day, and it may even become your go-to beverage container...
Oregon QB Justin Herbert taking on leadership role
Oregon QB Justin Herbert taking on leadership role

Now considered an old head on the team, Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is taking on more of a leadership role in his junior year. “We’re the older group now, it’s interesting to see,” Herbert said, per The Oregonian’s Tyson Alger. “I need to take on a leadership role and speak...
More Stories