Michigan State head coach Mel Tucker is already piecing together his new staff. The Spartans have hired a new offensive coordinator.
Tucker and the Spartans announced on Thursday that Jay Johnson will serve as MSU’s new offensive coordinator. Johnson and Tucker coached together at Colorado for the past two seasons.
The new Michigan State offensive coordinator also spent time at the same position with Minnesota, Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. Johnson’s experience in the Big Ten with the Gophers could prove to be a major advantage for Tucker and the Spartans.
Tucker is fired up for his new hire. The new Michigan State head coach reacted to his new hire on Thursday afternoon on Twitter. Here’s what Tucker had to say:
From our time together @GeorgiaFootball to his success in @bigten calling plays @GopherFootball, Jay is an experienced OC & aggressive & innovative play caller & QB coach. He runs a multiple offense w/ an emphasis on physicality.👊🏾💪🏾 Welcome to the #Spartans family @JayJohnsonFB! https://t.co/HG5W1Zlhoo
— Mel Tucker (@Coach_mtucker) February 20, 2020
It’s no secret the Spartans have had major struggles on the offensive side of the ball over the years. Fans are certainly hoping Johnson provides the answers for Michigan State’s ailing offense. Tucker has high praise for his new offensive coordinator:
“Jay is an experienced play caller and an expert quarterbacks coach,” Tucker said, via MSUSpartans.com. “He has a very innovative offensive mind. I was with Jay when he was at Georgia and really got to know him well there. He’s had success in the Big Ten before, calling plays at Minnesota. He runs a multiple offense with an emphasis on physicality, and he’s an aggressive play caller.”
Johnson has a big challenge ahead of him and he attempts to revitalize Michigan State’s offense.