Charlie Strong introduces new assistants

University of Texas head football coach Charlie Strong held a press conference on February 22 to introduce his three new assistants. With the latest additions, UT will head into spring football at full staff.

Anthony Johnson is a former Longhorn running back and his now coaching them on the 40 acres.

Johnson says, "When I was a graduate assistant. And I was sitting in here and I was seen not heard back then.  But I took a lot of notes. I said I would do certain things this way. And I wouldn't do them this way. And I just kind of compared my notes. And kind of came up with personality."

Strong says of Johnson, "Really excited for him that he has a chance to come back home. And get a chance to work with some really outstanding players. So we're really excited for Anthony."

Clay Jennings was a defensive lineman in college and he is now coaching the defensive backs. 

Jennings says, "You know what. The very first time I went out you know I'll tell you I was scared. But whatever you're playing on defense. Whether it be defensive line. Playing linebacker, playing in the secondary. You gotta be able to communicate."

The third coach is Charlie Williams who Strong says they call "the old man of the bunch."

Wiliams brings 10 years of NFL experience, most recently with the Colts.

Williams says, "You can't pass this opportunity up. This is a great opportunity. And now to be here. And be a part of it. And to help make it grow to where it once was. Is a great opportunity."

Even though the three coaches just arrived they all definitely know there's a sense of urgency with the Longhorns goingn 11 and 14 the past two seasons.

Williams says, "Can the heat get a little hotter around here?  Yeah, because this is Texas. And we realize that.  Our bottom-line is to win. To put these guys in the best position to win."

Jennings says, "There's two types of coaches. One's that been hired. And one's that's been fired. And I don't want to be the latter. And we know that we gotta get this thing going in the right direction, and we have to do it quickly."

Strong says he is ready for the future. "We been trying to piece this thing together for two yeras and now I feel like I got the right guys with the right fit."

The new faces on the staff will need to mesh quickly because spring workouts begin in just a couple of weeks.

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