Mississippi State reportedly is losing its quarterbacks coach.
As reported by Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel on Tuesday, Houston will hire Bulldogs quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson as its new offensive coordinator. Thamel reports that Johnson, who’s 29 years old, will serve as the Cougars’ coordinator, quarterbacks coach and play caller.
Johnson, from Baytown, Texas, was Dak Prescott’s quarterbacks coach during the signal caller’s junior and senior seasons at Mississippi State. Johnson represents the first major hire for Houston coach Major Applewhite, who replaced Tom Herman after Herman became Texas’ coach earlier this month.
Mississippi State finished the season 6-7 after beating Miami (Ohio) 17-16 in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday at Tropicana Field. Bulldogs sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald completed 196 of 361 passes for 2,423 with 21 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. Mississippi State ranked eighth in the SEC in passing offense by averaging 208.9 yards per game.