Taggart reportedly hires Mike Johnson to complete staff, again

King's Academy coach Mike Johnson Sr. celebrates a touchdown by his team during their game against Branham High School in the second quarter at The King's Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif., on Friday, Sept. 2, 2016. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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For a second time, the first coaching staff hired by Willie Taggart in Eugene is reportedly complete.

Fox Sports and the Michigan Insider report that Mike Johnson is coming to join Taggart’s staff as new wide receivers coach.  Johnson last coached collegiately in 2011 as offensive coordinator at UCLA under Rick Neuheisel, and even was the Bruins interim coach that season upon Neuheisel’s dismissal.

Johnson’s first coaching job was under Mike Riley at Oregon State from 1997-99 where he coached quarterbacks and receivers, and he followed Riley to the NFL’s Chargers in 2000, where Johnson coached at multiple locations for the next decade. He was the 49ers offensive coordinator in 2010.

Johnson was earlier this week reportedly going to join Jim Harbaugh’s staff at Michigan as an offensive analyst, but now joins Taggart in Eugene instead.  His son, Michael Johnson, Jr., is projected to be the top-rated dual-threat quarterback in the 2019 recruiting class.

At Oregon, Johnson will replace Jimmy Dougherty, who departed Eugene to become receivers coach at UCLA last week.



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