Coach Johnson Accepts Position at Minnesota

Ragin' Cajuns offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Jay Johnson has resigned his position and agreed to accept the same position at the University of Minnesota after serving five years under Coach Hudspeth.

Johnson is a native of Lakeville, Minnesota, replaces Matt Limegrover who was terminated by head coach Tracey Claeys last month. Johnson coached at Louisiana for five years, overseeing an offense that set a number of school records including mentoring quarterback Terrance Broadway – a two-time R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl MVP and school-record holder in total offense (9,240 yards). The Ragin’ Cajuns had four straight 9-4 seasons, including a Sun Belt Conference title in 2013, before finishing 4-8 in 2015.

Ragin' Cajuns head coach Mark Hudspeth commented today on Coach Johnson's resignation through a press release from the Louisiana Sports Information Department.

"We appreciate everything that Jay has done for our program during the last five years," Hudspeth said. "He has been an integral part of our program's success that has produced four bowl championships, three bowl MVPs and a Sun Belt Conference championship.

"We've had a great run together and we wish Jay, (his wife) Lori and (son) Cole all the best in the future."

There are no early front runners for the offensive coordinator position at UL, but two names with strong ties to Coach Hudspeth are current Troy offensive coordinator Kenny Edenfield and Akron offensive coordinator A.J. Milwee.

Kenny Edenfield was the offensive coordinator for Coach Hudspeth at North Alabama from (2002-2007) before joining the Troy program. He was also on staff with Hudspeth at Nichols State from (1994-1995).

Under Hudspeth, A.J. Milwee compiled a 33-5 mark as UNA's QB during the 2006-08 seasons, Milwee set all-time school records for career passing yards (8,436), pass completions (677), passing attempts (1,030), touchdown passes (73) and total offense yards (9,401). He was named offensive coordinator at Akron in 2013 at age 26, becoming the youngest in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

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