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Thursday, February 23, 2012
Maryland tweaks staff assignments

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Maryland will make two adjustments with staff assignments, according to a release from the school on Thursday.

With the change to a 3-4 defense, Lyndon Johnson will now oversee both outside linebacker positions (Sam and Will), while Andre Powell will take over as special-teams coordinator, in addition to coaching the running backs.

“With our scheme changes defensively, the Sam and Will are two of the most critical components of the scheme and I wanted Lyndon devoting his full attention to these positions,” coach Randy Edsall said in a prepared statement.

Last season, Johnson was responsible for the Star position (hybrid linebacker/safety). Powell was a special-teams coordinator at Clemson (2007-10) and North Carolina (2001-06). He handled both running backs and special-teams duties the final three seasons at each job.