KU football interim HC countdown: No. 9, Justin Johnson
In the event Kansas decides to turn to an interim head coach at some point this season, I'm doing a series of blogs counting down to the most assistant coach on David Beaty's who would make the most sense to take on interim duties, should it come to that.
Receivers coach Justin “Juice” Johnson is in his first season as an on-field, recruiting assistant coach after spending a total of four years in office jobs at the football programs of Houston, Texas A&M and Kansas.
Johnson played for Kevin Sumlin at Houston and as a senior led the 13-1 Cougars with 87 receptions, 1,229 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. He earned first-team All-Conference USA honors.
A native of Richardson, Texas, Johnson graduated from Houston in December of 2011 kinesiology/sports administration.
A Reggie Jackson doppelganger, Johnson is the program’s sixth wide receivers coach in six seasons: 2013: Rob Ianello; 2014: Eric Kiesau; 2015: Klint Kubiak; 2016: Jason Phillips; 2017: Doug Meacham.
As a rookie assistant coach, Johnson lacks the experience to be considered for interim head coach, should Kansas need one.