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Utah’s Brian Johnson ready to prove his mettle
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Yet now the irony of his position is that he is so much in charge of the Utes’ offense he needs to let go of many areas, Mullen said.

"We all learn you can’t micromanage everything," Mullen said. "You have to let the other coaches worry about their positions; he has to take care of the quarterbacks and then on game day, it’s your show as a coordinator. Being able to shift responsibility to other coaches and focus on the play-calling is going to be a big thing. That is what separates the good coordinators from the bad ones."

At a glance

Whittingham’s offense

Brian Johnson becomes the fifth offensive coordinator under Utah coach Kyle Whittingham, following in the steps of Andy Ludwig, Dave Schramm, Aaron Roderick and Norm Chow as Whittingham continues to experiment with the offense. Here is a look at how productive the Utes’ offense has been under Whittingham:

Scoring offense

Year Avg. Natl. Rank

2011 25 74

2010 33.1 23

2009 29.9 34

2008 36.9 15

2007 26.2 68

2006 27.9 33

2005 30.0 36

Total offense

Year Avg. Natl. Rank

2011 310.9 109

2010 389.0 57

2009 389.5 54

2008 400.9 35

2007 369.9 79

2006 368.4 41

2005 473.0 12

Brian Johnson file

» Signed letter of intent with Utes as 16-year-old

» Played 10 games as a freshman

» Finished as Utah’s winningest QB with 26-7 record

» Has bachelor’s in mass communication

» Hometown: Crosby, Texas

» Born: Feb. 16, 1987

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To that end, Johnson knows he still has a lot to learn. But learning, maturing and using that knowledge has always been a strength.

"I don’t want this whole year to be about me," Johnson said. "It’s about the players and putting them in roles where they can be successful. That is my job, finding their competitiveness, creating a successful format and helping them strive to be the best they can be every day."

lwodraska@sltrib.com




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