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Gophers are set to hire Bart Miller and Jay Johnson as their new offensive line coach and offensive coordinator

Minnesota is expected to hire FAU OL coach Bart Miller as the Gophers next OL coach and Louisiana-Lafayette OC/QB coach Jay Johnson to the same position as well.

Bart Miller

Personal

  • Born: May 6, 1985 (30 years old)
  • Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska 
  • Education: Bachelor of Arts, Organizational Communication, University of New Mexico 2007; Master of Arts, Education, New Mexico State 2011
  • Marital Status: Wife, Amy
  • Children: Son, Barrett (1)

Coaching Experience

  • 2014-15 - Florida Atlantic University (Assistant Coach/OL)
  • 2013 - New Mexico State University (Assistant Coach/OL)
  • 2012 - University of Wisconsin (Assistant Coach/OL)
  • 2011 - University of Wisconsin (Quality Control/GA-OL)
  • 2010 - New Mexico State University (Graduate Assistant - Offense)

At Florida Atlantic

Miller took over a 2014 line that returned just one every day starter. Miller's opening day line was left tackle Reggie Bain, a true freshman, left guard Mikingson Marsaille , one of squad's biggest players who had seen limited action the year before due to injury, senior Braden Lyons, a senior moving from right end to center, a position he had never played, redshirt-sophomore Dillion DeBoer, who had started the final six games of his freshman campaign, at right guard, and senior Eric Minemyer, who drew his first start after switching back and forth to tight end. By season's end, 11 guys had seen playing time, Bain earned freshman All-America honors by 247Sports.com, and true freshman Joe Gold had served as the center in seven games allowing Lyons to move back to his natural spot at right tackle. The unit better known as the "Atlantic Wall" blocked for 10 different ball carriers who amassed 1,962 yards, just shy of the program record setting 2012 campaign. Quarterback Jaquez Johnson threw for a career high 2,215 yards and 17 TDs. In the first season under Miller, the Owl quarterbacks were brought down 21 times in 806 opportunities. Holding opponents to just 21 sacks was a five year low.

At New Mexico State

Bart Miller created a new offensive system for the Aggies which yielded 34 points per game and an average of 300 yards per game while rushing for 180 yards per game through the squad's last five games. He took over a line that had allowed 45 sacks and improved that protection by more than half to just 20 in 400+ opportunities. The 2013 line averaged 23 knockdowns per game. His center was named to the Rimington Trophy Watch List and two offensive linemen earned a spot on the All-Independent Team.

At Wisconsin 

As the offensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin, Miller was named one of the Big Ten's Best Assistants in 2012 by ESPN.com, after taking over an offensive line in September that ranked 103 nationally in rushing averaging only 101 yards per game, and finished 12 in the nation, averaging 237.8 yards per game and 5.2 yards per rush. (265 yards per game in conference play). He helped guide the Badgers to their third-consecutive Big Ten Championship and earned a berth to their third- consecutive Rose Bowl.

The Wisconsin run game set the No. 1, No. 2, and No. 4 all-time single game rushing performances in school history (564 yards vs. Indiana, 542 yards vs. Nebraska, and 467 yards vs. Purdue), as the offensive line paved the way for All-American and Doak Walker Award winner Montee Ball to break the NCAA career touchdown record (86), and finish seventh nationally in total rushing, including three 200-yard individual rushing performances.

Miller coached NFL draft picks and 2012 All-Big Ten honorees Ricky Wagner, Ryan Groy and Travis Frederick, while helping to re-establish a physical standard of excellence throughout the unit - resulting in 586 total knockdown blocks in 13 games and four games with over 300 yards rushing in 2012. The Badgers were one of the least penalized teams in the nation, ranking 5th in penalties against and 4th in turnovers allowed.

In 2011, as a graduate assistant for the Badgers, Miller worked directly with the offensive line and tight ends, helping lead one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 44.1 points per game, 470 total yards per game and 235.6 rushing yards per game. He coached and worked with NFL first and second round picks, All-Big Ten honorees and All-Americans Kevin Zeitler and Peter Konz, Heisman Finalist Montee Ball, and NCAA record holder and NFL starter Russell Wilson. The Badgers were Big Ten champions in 2011 and participated in the 2012 Rose Bowl. Miller helped guide all five starting offensive linemen to receive either All-American or All-Conference honors.

Jay Johnson

Personal

  • Hometown - Lakeville, Minn.
  • Wife - Lori
  • Children - Cole
  • High School - Lakeville North (Minn.)
  • College - Northern Iowa (1992); Missouri (1994)

Coaching Experience

  • 1993 – Columbia-Hickman HS (Assistant Coach)
  • 1994 – Missouri (Graduate Assistant)
  • 1995 – Augsberg College (Offensive Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator)
  • 1995-96 – Truman State (Offensive Coordinator)
  • 1997-99 – Kansas (Graduate Assistant)
  • 1999-01 – Kansas (Quarterbacks)
  • 2001-03 – Kansas (Running Backs)
  • 2003 – Southern Miss (Tight Ends)
  • 2004 – Southern Miss (Running Backs)
  • 2005-07 – Southern Miss (Offensive Coordinator)
  • 2008 – Louisville (Administrative Assistant)
  • 2009 – Louisville (Tight Ends)
  • 2010 – Central Michigan (Quarterbacks)
  • 2011 – present – Louisiana (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)

S&P+ under Johnson:

  • ’11: 61st
  • ’12: 34th
  • ’13: 57th
  • ’14: 55th

ULL Bio

An offensive strategist with over two decades of coaching experience, Jay Johnson begins his fifth season at Louisiana, serving as the Cajuns’ offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

In four seasons under Johnson’s tutelage, the Cajuns have posted some of the top offensive performances in school history, including school records for total offense (5,914) and points (461) in 2012. Behind a stellar performance from sophomore running back Elijah McGuire, Louisiana finished 22nd nationally in rushing offense in 2014, averaging 225.9 yards per game during the 2014 season.

The Ragin' Cajuns were also efficient in the red zone, scoring at a 91.2 percent clip and finishing 10th nationally among FBS teams.

Under Johnson’s guidance in 2013, the Cajuns set school-records for total first downs (283) and total plays from scrimmage (883). The Cajuns produced four first-team All-Conference selections, paced by the running back tandem of Alonzo Harris and McGuire.

Terrance Broadway led all league starting quarterbacks in passing efficiency while completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,419 yards and 19 touchdowns.

In 2011, Blaine Gautier emerged as one of the top offensive threats in the south, throwing for a school record 2,958 yards and 23 touchdowns.  In 2012, Broadway replaced Gautier and set a new school record for total offense (3,611).


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