Football Coaching Staff
Defensive Line Coach
Dennis Johnson enters his second season as a full-time position coach with the Tigers after being elevated to outside linebackers coach in September of 2016. Johnson coached outside linebackers for the final eight games of the 2016 season and was then given the job on a permanent basis when Ed Orgeron was named LSU's head coach in late November. Johnson, who is nicknamed affectionately “Meatball”, also played a big role in LSU signing one of the top classes in college football in February of 2017.
Johnson is a former LSU defensive linemen who was a member of the Tigers' 13-0 regular season and Southeastern Conference Championship team in 2011.
After graduating from LSU in May of 2012, Johnson got his start in coaching as a graduate assistant at Northwestern State, where he coached the Demon linebackers. Johnson also spent the 2013 season at Northwestern State where he worked with the secondary.
After a brief stint at Kentucky in 2014, Johnson was lured back to LSU in time for the 2014 season, serving as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line. Johnson remained with the defensive line in 2015, working under Orgeron. Johnson was four games into his second season as a graduate assistant in 2016 when LSU made a head coaching change and thus was elevated to outside linebackers coach.
In his first year as LSU's outside linebackers coach, Johnson played a key role in the development of senior Duke Riley, who in his first and only season as a starter for the Tigers, led the team in tackles with 93. Riley was also named LSU's most valuable player for the 2016 season and earned a spot in the Senior Bowl.
As a player for the Tigers, Johnson developed into a dependable backup on the defensive line where he played in 19 games in three years. Johnson finished his career with 11 tackles and one tackle for loss. A three-year letterwinner for LSU from 2009-11, Johnson joined the Tigers in 2008 after transferring from Itawamba Community College in Mississippi.
Johnson graduated from LSU in May of 2012 with a degree in general studies. Johnson added a Master's degree in Health Promotion and Administration from Northwestern State in 2014.
The Johnson File
As a coach