Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Taver Johnson added to Arkansas staff
By Edward Aschoff
Arkansas added to its staff Sunday when coach Bobby Petrino announced the hiring of Taver Johnson.
Johnson, who spent the past five season as cornerbacks coach at Ohio State, will serve as assistant head coach/linebackers coach for the Razorbacks.
“Taver is an extremely enthusiastic and devoted coach,” Petrino said. “He has a strong work ethic, is a great teacher of the game and is skillful at relating to his players. During his time at Ohio State, he became familiar with the principles Coach [Paul] Haynes has worked to incorporate here. He has also been a part of a program with a culture of consistently winning and will be instrumental in preparing our players to compete for championships.”
During his five seasons at Ohio State, Johnson helped produce 2008 Jim Thorpe Award winner Malcolm Jenkins who was a two-time first-team All-Big Ten performer. The Buckeyes had three cornerbacks selected in the NFL draft between 2008-11, led by Jenkins, who was the 14th overall pick by New Orleans in 2009. Ohio State had three different cornerbacks earn four first-team All-Big Ten honors under Johnson.
In 2011, with new Arkansas defensive coordinator Paul Haynes serving as Ohio State's co-defensive coordinator, the Buckeyes ranked fifth in the Big Ten in pass defense. Ohio State also ranked in the top 30 nationally in total defense and scoring defense.