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Larry Johnson
Larry  Johnson

Defensive Line Coach


Barkley Named Walter Camp All-American

Junior running back is the 100th first-team All-American in Penn State history


Allen Leads All-Big Ten Defensive Selections

Barkley, Gillikin and Thompkins headline special teams honorees; Smith garners sportsmanship accolades


Barkley Named B1G Offensive Player of the Year

Sophomore also tabbed B1G Running Back of the Year; McSorley and Gesicki named to second team


Barkley Garners Big Ten Preseason Honors

Sophomore among 10 players honored by Big Ten media


Trio Named First Team All-Big Ten; Robinson Earns Second Receiver of the Year Award

Robinson, Jones and Urschel on First Team; Nine Nittany Lions Earn Honorable-Mention


Penn State Football vs. Illinois 11/2

Penn State Football vs. Illinois


Football vs. Northwestern (Oct. 6, 2012)

Penn State Football vs. Northwestern


Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)

Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)


Football vs. Iowa (Oct. 8, 2011)

Football vs. Iowa (Oct. 8, 2011)

Defensive Line Coach

Larry Johnson is in his 19th season on the Penn State staff and 15th season as the defensive line coach. He was named the Nittany Lions' interim head coach on January 2, 2014. Johnson has been an instrumental member of the Nittany Lions' recruiting efforts and defensive and special teams success during his tenure. Johnson has developed seven first-team All-Americans and six Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year or Defensive Lineman of the Year honorees since 1999. Johnson also has coached 15 first-team All-Big Ten performers, including team Senior MVP DaQuan Jones last season. Tackle Jordan Hill earned first-team All-Big Ten and second-team All-America honors in 2012. Devon Still was a consensus first-team All-America tackle in 2011, as well as the Big Ten Defensive Lineman and Defensive Player-of-the-Year. Jared Odrick (2009), Aaron Maybin (2008), All-Pro Tamba Hali (2005), Michael Haynes (2002) and Jimmy Kennedy (2002) were first-team All-Americans and NFL first-round draft choices under Johnson's tutelage. His efforts with Courtney Brown helped him earn All-America honors in 1999 and become the No. 1 selection in the 2000 NFL Draft. A highly-successful high school head coach in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 20 years, Johnson is a graduate of Elizabeth City (N.C.) State University, earning NAIA All-America honors at linebacker. One son, Larry, became just the ninth player in NCAA history to rush for 2,000 yards in a season in 2002 and was a two-time All-Pro pick with the Kansas City Chiefs. Another son, Tony, was a Penn State wide receiver from 2000-03, who ranks 12th in school career receptions.


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