Shaun Johnson begins his fourth season with the NM State football team as
the Aggies' running backs coach.
Germi Morrison led
rushers with 767 yards this season on 159 rushing attempts and scored two
touchdowns in 2012 under Johnson’s guidance.
Morrison averaged 63 yards rushing per game, which led Aggie running
backs. Johnson also guided Tiger
Powell, who rushed for 236 yards and scored a team-leading five rushing
touchdowns. As a unit the running backs
totaled 1,171 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2012.
In 2011, Johnson guided running
back Kenny Turner, who rushed for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named a
second team All-WAC selection. Turner became just the second 1,000-yard rusher
for the Aggies since the 2000 season. The running back squad tallied 1,625
yards on the season and 16 touchdowns.
Johnson helped Turner lead the
Aggies in rushing in 2010. Turner rushed for 461 yards on 115 carries, scoring
two touchdowns. He also guided running back Seth Smith, who rushed for 385
yards and a team leading three touchdowns. On the year, the Aggies rushed for
1,549 yards as a team, scoring eight touchdowns on the ground.
Johnson came to NM State after spending
three years as the Utah State running backs coach from 2006-08. During his
final season, Johnson was responsible for developing Utah State's current star
running back Robert Turbin. In addition to directing the Utah State running
backs, Johnson also coached the kickoff return unit. In 2006 and 2007, Johnson
coached kick returner Kevin Robinson, who set the NCAA career all-purpose yards
per play record. Robinson also became one of six players in NCAA history with a
total of eight combined punt and kick returns for touchdowns in a career.
Additionally, Robinson has the school record with four career kickoff returns
Johnson, who played wide receiver
at Utah State in 1993 and 1994, came to Logan, Utah, after spending two seasons
at Brown University, where he coached the NCAA I-AA rushing leader Nick
Hartigan. Hartigan was a first-team All-America selection and was one of three
finalists for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player at the I-AA level
after rushing for 172.2 yards per game. Brown won the Ivy League title in 2005
with a 9-1 record. The Bears averaged 409.2 yards of total offense to rank 22nd
in the nation, including 219.3 rushing yards, a figure that ranked 16th in the
As a player at USU, Johnson was
on the 1993 Utah State team that won the Big West Championship and the Las
Vegas Bowl. In 1994, he played in all 11 games, catching 20 passes for 190
yards and two touchdowns. Johnson, who graduated from USU with a degree in
journalism in 1995, coached at Hampden-Sydney College (1998), Adams State
College (1999-2000), Brown (2001, 2004-05) and Langston (2002-03), prior to
coming to Utah State.
Johnson is married to the
former Marcia Halaufia and they have two children, Kavika and Makana.
The Johnson File
Full Name: Shaun Johnson
Birthdate: Oct. 3, 1970
Children: Kavika and Makana
Utah State, 1995
B.A. in Journalism
Utah State (2006-08)
Brown University (2004-05)
Brown University (2001)
Adams State (1999-00)
Hampden-Sydney College (1998)
Utah State (1992-94)
San Jose City College (1990-91)
1993 - Las Vegas Bowl