Former Penn State defensive coordinator Brent Pry continues to assemble his first football staff since becoming the head coach at Virginia Tech. The newest addition to his staff in Blacksburg has a bit of a Penn State flavor to it.
According to Rich Scarcella of The Reading Eagle, former Penn State linebacker Jan Johnson is joining the Virginia Tech program as a defensive analyst.
Johnson had been trying to keep his professional football career going with the USFL after a brief taste of the NFL in the last two years. But Pry is taking advantage of Johnson’s desire to get into coaching. Serving as an analyst is a good first step for the former Nittany Lion linebacker.
Johnson is a former two-sport standout at Penn State, walking on for the football program and contributing to Penn State’s national championship wrestling program. On the football field, Johnson recorded 64 tackles in his final season at Penn State in 2019, including four in Penn State’s Cotton Bowl victory over Memphis. He had a season-high 14 tackles earlier in the season against Buffalo and 11 tackles in a road game at Minnesota, including three tackles for loss.
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