After a series of moves to bring in outside assistant coaches, Bret Bielema will retain Taver Johnson on the Arkansas football staff. Johnson will now switch to cornerbacks after coaching linebackers in 2012.
“I am thrilled Taver Johnson will remain a member of the coaching staff at Arkansas as he will provide stability for our student-athletes,” said Bielema. “Taver spent five years in a championship culture prior to coming to Fayetteville, and his tremendous abilities as a leader were seen by the entire nation during the spring and throughout the 2012 season. His coaching style is extremely enthusiastic and he has always shown an incredible commitment to the development of student-athletes.”
Johnson coached the youngest position group on the Arkansas roster in 2012, a squad that made vast improvements toward the end of the year. True freshmen A.J. Turner and Otha Peters each made multiple starts and five different players started at linebacker throughout the season because of injuries. Senior captains Alonzo Highsmith and Tenarius Wright each suffered season-ending injuries in October.
The defense ranked fifth in the SEC and 20th in the NCAA in rush defense and fifth in the conference and 24th in the nation in red zone defense.
Bielema is almost done with rounding out a staff. He likely has one more position to fill.