Coach Eliah Drinkwitz hires final coach to Mizzou football staff

Mizzou football now has a complete coaching staff after head coach Eliah Drinkwitz hired his 10th and final coach. He brought back three coaches from last year’s team, including defensive coordinator Ryan Walters.

The Mizzou football staff is finalized after the Tigers announced their 10th coaching hire since new coach Eliah Drinkwitz took over last month.

Mizzou’s final hire was Marcus Johnson, who joins Mizzou after two seasons with Mississippi State. Johnson most recently coached the offensive line. He is one of four offensive assistant coaches, a staff that will spend plenty of time with Drinkwitz, who will call the offensive plays this season. The Tigers have five coaches on defense, and brought back three coaches who were on Barry Odom’s staff, including defensive coordinator Ryan Walters.

As Drinkwitz stated at his introductory press conference, he hired a full-time special teams coordinator as well.

Here is a rundown of the 10 coaches who will be leading the 2020 Mizzou football team:

Offensive staff

Marcus Johnson — He was the offensive line coach at Mississippi State last year.
Bush Hamdan — He was the quarterbacks coach at Washington last year.
Curtis Luper — He was the running backs coach at TCU last year.
Casey Woods — He will be the tight ends coach at Mizzou and was at UAB in the same role last year.

The offensive staff will be made up of a group of guys who have experience at several different schools outside of Mizzou and Appalachian State.

Defensive staff

Ryan Walters — He will return as the defensive coordinator at Mizzou.
Brick Haley — He will be the assistant head coach at Mizzou and was the interim head coach and the defensive line coach at Mizzou last year.
David Gibbs — He will return as the defensive backs coach at Mizzou.
Charlie Harbison — He will be the associate head coach and was the cornerbacks coach at Appalachian State last year.
D.J. Smith — He was the linebackers coach at Appalachian State last year.

The defensive staff is made up of three coaches who were on the Tigers staff last year and two other coaches who were with Drinkwitz at Appalachian State in 2019.

Special teams

Erik Link — He will be the special teams coordinator and was at Appalachian State in the same role last year.

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