The University of Texas-El Paso has released the following report indicating that former Louisville linebacker Reggie Johnson is the man Petrino has hired to direct the Cardinals defensive line.
UTEP website release
Reggie Johnson, a member of the UTEP football coaching staff for the last two seasons, has resigned to accept the defensive line coaching position at the University of Louisville, his alma mater.
"Reggie's appointment at Louisville is well-deserved," said Miner head coach Gary Nord. "He has put a lot of hard work and dedication into our program. We will miss him, and we wish he and his family the best."
Johnson coached the defensive ends at UTEP in 2001, and the linebackers last season.
Three of UTEP's top five tacklers were linebackers last season. Camar Jackson registered 65 stops, Bubba Wiseman 51 and Robert Rodriguez 50 to rate third, fourth and fifth on the squad, respectively.
In his first year with the Miners, Johnson's regular rotation of defensive ends combined to record 17 tackles for losses totaling 69 yards. Junior Rick Fette ranked second on the team with 10 stops for losses.
Johnson was an assistant coach at Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala. for the previous three seasons. He was a graduate assistant at the University of Louisville from 1997-98. Johnson earned his bachelor of arts degree in political science from Louisville in May, 1996, and added a master of arts degree in athletic administration in June, 1998.
A four-year letterwinner at linebacker for Louisville, Johnson was a member of the 1990 Cardinal team which finished 11-1 and won the Fiesta Bowl under head coach Howard Schnellenberger.