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Source: LSU hires NFL veteran to coach DL for 2019 season

LSU will hire Bill Johnson to coach the Tigers' defensive line this season, sources told FootballScoop on Thursday. Bruce Feldman of The Athletic was the first to report the news.

Johnson will step in for LSU's full-time defensive line coach Dennis Johnson while the latter recovers from tearing both his patellar tendons playing pick-up basketball in July.

The injuries rendered Dennis Johnson to a wheelchair, necessitating the hire of Bill Johnson.

Bill Johnson is a veteran of defensive line coaching, working with the position through almost the entirety of his four-decade career. Johnson has coached defensive lines for the Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and, most recently, the Los Angeles Rams, where he helped Aaron Donald play like an NFL MVP candidate and the Rams reach the Super Bowl.

Johnson also has a deep history with Ed Orgeron, serving as a GA and a defensive ends coach while Orgeron played defensive line for the Demons.

In addition to Johnson, LSU also hired former USC All-American Kenechi Udeze as an analyst and former LSU three-year defensive line start Christian LaCouture as a graduate assistant and, by the way, LSU also has one of the best defensive line coaches in college football history on staff in the form of Ed Orgeron himself.

As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.