Texas head coach Charlie Strong announces his 2016 recruiting class during a national signing day press conference in the Moncrief Athletics Complex at Royal-Memorial Stadium Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman

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Former Longhorn Anthony Johnson to interview for RB job

Posted February 8th, 2016

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Former Texas running back Anthony Johnson will interview for the running backs job on Charlie Strong’s coaching staff, the American-Statesman has learned.

The interview is scheduled for Tuesday in Austin. The website 247Sports was first to report on Johnson’s interview.

Johnson, who played sparingly for the Longhorns in the early 2000s, is currently the running backs coach at Toledo where he coached the past two years. In both of those seasons, the Rockets eclipsed 200 yards rushing per game — 207 in 2015; 256 in 2014.

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This offseason, Johnson was retained by new Toledo coach Jason Candle after Matt Campbell left for Iowa State. Instead of inviting Johnson to Ames, Campbell opted to retain Iowa State running backs coach Louis Ayeni, who worked previously with Campbell at Toledo.

Former Texas running back Anthony Johnson carries the ball in the second half during a game with Tulane in 2003. Johnson will interview for the open running backs coach position on Charlie Strong's staff. (Sung Park/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)
Former Texas running back Anthony Johnson carries the ball in the second half during a game with Tulane in 2003. Johnson will interview for the open running backs coach position on Charlie Strong’s staff. (Sung Park/AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Johnson battled various injuries at Texas, where he was a member of the team from 2001-05. After his playing career was over he transitioned into coaching and oversaw the running backs at Jefferson High. From there, he returned to Texas and worked three years under Brown as a quality control assistant.

In 2010, Johnson was hired by Sam Houston State where he coached until 2013. There, he mentored two-time Southland Conference player of the year Timothy Flanders.

 

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