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Former Alabama linebacker lands coaching job at Mountain West program

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Nico Johnson is branching out in his coaching career. 

A University of Alabama alumnus, Johnson was hired on Friday to be the defensive ends coach for the University of Nevada football program in the Mountain West Conference. Johnson spent the last two years (2022-23) under Steve Sarkisian’s coaching staff at the University of Texas as a graduate assistant with defensive linemen. He assisted the Longhorns to a Big 12 Championship last season and a berth in the College Football Playoff. Johnson also aided the ‘Horns to a win over Alabama.

The 33-year-old was a three-time BCS National Champion under Nick Saban as a linebacker for the Tide.

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He played from 2009 to 2012, earning two Southeastern Conference Championships.

Johnson, a native of Andalusia, Ala., played for four teams in the National Football League — Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants — during his short career in the pros. He is a very bright defensive mind, and it will be exciting to see what we does with Nevada’s defensive ends. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can โ€œlikeโ€ him on Facebook or โ€œfollowโ€ him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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