Former Rutgers football player is gaining NFL coaching experience


Former Scarlet Knight offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson will have the opportunity to gain NFL coaching experience when he takes part in the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program.

The Jacksonville native will participate in this NFL fellowship program, learning from Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Doug Pederson and his coaching staff.

This offseason, Johnson left Rutgers football where he spent the last three seasons as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He is now on staff at Florida.

Johnson joined the staff for organized team activities (OTAs), with opportunities to learn from different offensive position groups throughout his stay with the Jaguars.

What is the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program?

The Bill Walsh Fellowship program allows minority coaches to learn and participate in an NFL setting. All 32 NFL teams participate in the program, with several active coaches receiving positions after participating. To qualify for the Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship program, you can be a former NFL player or have coaching experience in high school, college, or pro football.


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Johnson’s playing and coaching career

Johnson played for seven NFL teams in four seasons from 2015-18. While at Rutgers (2011-14), Johnson was a four-year starter and played in 50 straight games for the Scarlet Knights, two seasons under current head coach Greg Schiano. Johnson was a two-time all-conference selection in 2012 and 2014. Also, he won the Iron Knight Award for exceptionally high mental and physical toughness throughout his career.

Johnson spent several seasons on the Rutgers coaching staff as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and now works at the University of Florida as a quality control offensive assistant.


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Story originally appeared on Rutgers Wire



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