Back in February, Brian Johnson was named offensive coordinator at Utah after Norm Chow took the head coaching position at Hawaii. He was 24 at the time.
Johnson has since turned 25, and has spent every free moment focused on honing his craft, further developing his offensive philosophy, and getting prepared for his first fall calling the shots on offense.
Coach Johnson reflected on the opportunity and offered some advice in the Deseret News.
"I'm obviously blessed to be in this position. I realize that every day. There's not a day that goes by that I'm not thankful for the blessings that have been given me."
"But I don't dwell on it. In this profession, nothing is guaranteed forever. I learned that from Whit. You can always get better. I'm constantly evaluating myself and trying to get better. To this point things have been good, but if you get lax in preparation or focus in any area of your life, it can all change."
Johnson and the Utes will face a favorable Pac 12 road schedule that includes only two teams that went to bowls last season (UCLA and Washington), and only one that finished with a winning record (Washington). Other road games will include Arizona State, Oregon State, and Colorado, while they'll see USC, Cal, Washington State, and Arizona at home.