2012 Media Day: Whittingham turns to youngest coordinator in nation

By Kevin Danna, pac-12.org

The Utes transitioned successfully to the Pac-12 last year culminating in a Sun Bowl victory over Georgia Tech. Their recipe for success? A stifling defense that allowed just 20 points per game.

Now head coach Kyle Whittingham says that for his team to go to the next level, the Utes need to be more prolific on offense. The burden of powering up the O rests largely on the shoulders his former quarterback Brian Johnson, who is the youngest offensive coordinator in the FBS.

Johnson, who last took snaps for the Utes in their 2009 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, is entering his first season as the team's offensive coordinator and will instill more of a spread offense this season. He is 25 years old.

"Brian is a special kid," Whittingham said at Tuesday's Pac-12 football media day in Los Angeles. "He signed with us as a 16-year-old senior out of Texas. He's a guy that's used to being ahead.

"He got to kindergarten, and a week or two later he was promoted to the second grade. That's just the kind of kid he is."

Watch Utah's complete media day interview below:

Also on Tuesday:
-Podium video from each school
-Media day photos [Flickr]

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