Mullen names new MSU Quarterbacks Coach & Offensive Coordinator

STARKVILLE, MS (WLOX) - Brian Johnson is the new quarterbacks coach at Mississippi State.  He's the winningest quarterback in Utah history and served as the Utes quarterbacks coach the past three seasons.

Dan Mullen said,"I've known Brian since I recruited him at Utah, and he is an excellent fit to our staff with his experience and knowledge of the quarterback position."

Johnson served the past four seasons as an assistant coach at Utah, including one season as the offensive coordinator and one as the co-offensive coordinator. He'll turn 27-years-old on Sunday.

Mullen also announced that Billy Gonzales and John Hevesy have been promoted to co-offensive coordinators.  Greg Knox becomes special teams coordinator in addition to running backs coach.

Mullen won't give up calling the plays on game day.

"Billy and John will continue to develop our offense, which was the most explosive in school history last season, "said Mullen. "Greg is well respected and has over 20 years of coaching experience that will enhance our special teams production.  We are thrilled about the staff we have in place.  The 2014 season promises to be an exciting one for our team and our fans."

Both Gonzales and Hevesy were keys in the Bulldogs shattering MSU records in total yards (5,647), yards per game (434.4) and first downs (305).

Gonzales will serve as passing game coordinator and continue to coach the wide receivers. In 2012 he was co-offensive coordinator at Illinois and was LSU's passing game coordinator from 2010-11.

Hevesy previously served as running game coordinator and offensive line coach for the past five seasons.  He was instrumental in the development of All-American offensive guard Gabe Jackson.

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