Wednesday afternoon Joey McGuire and the remainder of his workers welcomed a brand new member to the workforce. The Texas Tech soccer program introduced the hiring of Justin “Juice” Johnson to be their assistant head coach, offensive passing sport coordinator, and huge receivers coach. Johnson replaces Emmett Jones who left for Oklahoma.
Johnson has been the working backs coach for Baylor for the previous three seasons, making him a well-known face to McGuire. Throughout his tenure there, the Bears grew to become a dominant speeding workforce within the Massive 12 Convention. In 2021, Abram Smith led the convention in speeding in the course of the workforce’s run to the Sugar Bowl. This previous season the Bears completed second within the Massive 12 in speeding touchdowns with standout freshman Richard Reese scoring 14 of them together with a 148-yard, three-touchdown efficiency in opposition to the Purple Raiders.
Earlier than Baylor, Johnson coached the working backs at Houston. Whereas the workforce completed with a 4-8 file that season, Kyle Porter and Patrick Carr mixed for 995 yards on the bottom with seven touchdowns. The 2019 season was his first 12 months as a working backs place coach.
His first teaching gig got here at Houston in 2012 when the workforce employed him as a high quality management assistant. He then moved on to Texas A&M to be a graduate assistant earlier than touchdown at Kansas as an offensive analyst. In 2018, the Jayhawks gave Johnson his first place job as their huge receivers coach. There he mentored gamers equivalent to Steven Sims Jr. and Kwamie Lassiter II.
With Johnson employed by Tech to be their receivers coach, he’s going again to his roots. Johnson performed receiver at Houston from 2008 to 2011. Throughout his senior season he completed with 87 catches for 1,229 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was additionally named an All-Convention USA choice.
Whereas Jones was considered a great receivers coach, spending time on each Kliff Kingsbury’s and McGuire’s staffs, in 2022 the Purple Raiders didn’t have a 1,000-yard receiver for the fourth 12 months in a row. The final Purple Raider to achieve that mark was Antoine Wesley in 2018.
Whereas the revolving door of quarterbacks was a serious motive the offense was inconsistent this previous season, the receiving corps failed to determine a agency go-to participant. One of many greatest points this group had was getting separation downfield, which restricted the explosiveness of the offense. In actual fact, the workforce solely had three receptions of 50-plus yards.
Whereas Johnson can have some work to do with this group when he arrives, a number of key contributors are returning. Jerand Bradley is returning as a sophomore after main the workforce in receiving yards and touchdowns. Myles Value, Loic Fouonji, and Trey Cleveland will all return for his or her senior seasons. J.J. Sparkman, Brady Boyd, and Nehemiah Martinez can be juniors subsequent 12 months and the workforce simply added Deandrae McCray, a switch from Austin Peay. This system additionally landed three receivers on early Nationwide Signing Day.
General Johnson ought to show to be a strong match for McGuire’s workers. The familiarity is there and he is aware of what to search for as a former wideout. The Purple Raiders have all the time been recognized for producing elite receivers and now Johnson will get to strive his hand at it in 2023.