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Larry Johnson
Larry Johnson

Position:
Defensive Line Coach


12/02/2013

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

11/26/2012

Hill, Nittany Lions Finish 2012 in Fitting Style

Nittany Lions finish 2012 with an 8-4 record

11/20/2012

Penn State-Wisconsin Game Notes

Nittany Lions Host Senior Day on Saturday Versus Badgers

11/13/2012

Coach Bill O'Brien Teleconference

Nittany Lions face the Hoosiers Saturday at 12 p.m. in Beaver Stadium.

11/01/2012

Purdue Week Q&A with Asst. Coach Larry Johnson

The Nittany Lions travel to Purdue on Saturday

11/02/2013

Penn State Football vs. Illinois 11/2

Penn State Football vs. Illinois

10/06/2012

Football vs. Northwestern (Oct. 6, 2012)

Penn State Football vs. Northwestern

11/12/2011

Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)

Football vs. Nebraska (11/12/11)

10/08/2011

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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