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Former boss praises new Texas Longhorns RB coach Anthony Johnson

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"He's the total package."

New Texas Longhorns running backs coach Anthony Johnson is no stranger to Austin or to Texas football.

Johnson played for the 'Horns from 2001-05 and then served as a quality control coach under Mack Brown from 2007-09. After breaking into the coaching role with his first gig as a position coach in 2010, he spent the last two seasons as running backs coach at Toledo and replaces Tommie Robinson, who is now the running backs coach at USC.

Prior to the gig at Toledo, Johnson was the running backs coach at FCS power Sam Houston State, working under head coach Willie Fritz, who later had a successful run at Georgia Southern and now is the head coach at Tulane.

In the above clip, Fritz makes an appearance on the Longhorn Network to speak on his experience working with Johnson. Fritz says Johnson came highly recommended, and praised his energy and recruiting skills.

"He's the total package," Fritz says. "He's very good with the players off the field, he's great with them on the field.  He's a fantastic recruiter and he's a great hire for coach Strong and the Longhorns."

Fritz also says Johnson always talked up UT when he was at Sam Houston and that he's fired up to come back to his alma mater.