Football



    Bobby Johnson  
    Bobby Johnson

    Position:
    Offensive Line


    09/30/2006

    Indiana vs. Wisconsin (9/30/06)

    Indiana vs. Wisconsin (9/30/06)

    Bobby Johnson served as Indiana's offensive line coach from 2005-09. He was hired as assistant offensive line coach with the National Football League's Buffalo Bills on Feb. 17, 2010.

    During Johnson's tenure, the team posted some of the top offensive numbers in school history. The 2009 line allowed just 16 sacks on the season, a total that ranked second in the Big Ten and shared 28th nationally. IU's front five surrendered one sack per 27.5 pass attempts, which ranked second in the Big Ten.

    The Hoosiers finished second in conference games only with 262.4 passing yards per game and fourth in overall games, and 35th nationally with 247.9 passing yards per game. Indiana rushed for over 180 yards on four occasions, including a 197 yards at No. 23 Michigan and 196 yards vs. Purdue. The 197 yards were IU's second-highest rushing total in 60 all-time games vs. Michigan.

    Left tackle Rodger Saffold earned second team All-Big Ten honors from the conference media following the 2009 campaign, the first All-Big Ten Hoosier offensive lineman since Enoch Demar (second team, 2002). He also participated in the 2010 NFL Scouting Combine and played in the 2010 East-West Shrine Game.

    Indiana broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark (2,003 yards - sixth in the Big Ten) for the second straight year in 2008, the first time since 2000 and 2001 an IU team produced back-to-back 2,000-yard rushing seasons. IU averaged 4.5 yards per carry and carded 19 rushing scores, its best numbers since 2001 (5.5, 33). The team rushed for over 250 yards four times with a season-best 297 yards in the season-opening win over Western Kentucky.

    What makes these numbers more impressive is the shuffling that took place on the line due to injuries. The Hoosiers used seven different starting lineups and nine total players, including three players receiving their first career action.

    Johnson's leadership helped the 2007 offensive line put together one of the best seasons in recent memory, as IU posted 157.4 yards per game on the ground and 393.8 yards of total offense, the highest averages in each category since the 2001 campaign. Indiana improved its rush total from the 2006 season by 43.6 yards per ballgame. The IU rushing attack went over 100 yards nine times and over 200 yards on five occasions.

    Guard John Sandberg earned All-Big Ten honorable mention from the coaches for his role in the offense's success, while true sophomores Pete Saxon and Saffold started every game on the left side of the line.

    During the 2006 season, Johnson worked with the "seven blocks of limestone" - the nickname given to the seven incoming freshmen on the offensive line - and saw two of them (Saxon and Saffold) earn multiple starts for the Hoosiers. In 2005, Johnson worked with Isaac Sowells, who participated in the East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio and later became a fourth-round draft pick by Cleveland.

    Johnson, who was one of five assistant coaches who came to Indiana from Miami (Ohio), played an integral role in the RedHawks' balanced offense in 2004, as Miami averaged 125.2 yards per game on the ground and 282.8 yards through the air. During Johnson's five-year tenure, MU was 36-5 when it outrushed the opposition. Johnson worked with eventual NFL draft picks Jacob Bell (fifth round, Tennessee Titans, 2004) and Alex Sulfsted (sixth round, Kansas City Chiefs, 2001) and free-agent signees Matt Brandt (Detroit Lions, 2004) and Ben Herrell (Carolina Panthers, 2004).

    A former Miami offensive tackle who returned to his alma mater in 1999, Johnson spent four years at the University of Akron, two as a graduate assistant (1995-96) and two as the Zips' defensive line coach (1997-98). From 1999-2003, Johnson served as Miami's tight ends coach.

    During his playing career, Johnson was a three-year starter on the offensive line from 1992-94. In his sophomore and senior seasons, Miami finished 6-4-1 overall and 5-3 in the MAC. Johnson played an integral blocking role for Deland McCullough for three years. McCullough, a two-time first team All-MAC selection, broke the league's all-time rushing mark and currently ranks second on the MAC and Miami charts behind Travis Prentice.

    Upon graduating from Miami with a degree in health appraisal and sport organization in 1995, Johnson signed on as a graduate assistant with the Akron football staff.

    During his two years as a graduate assistant, Johnson assisted with a defensive line that included current Washington Redskins standout Jason Taylor. Johnson was named the Zips' defensive line coach in 1997.

    Johnson was a standout at Akron Hoban High School, where he was honored as Ohio's UPI Division III Lineman of the Year in 1991. He earned first team All-Ohio, first team all-district, All-Summit County, all-city and all-scholastic recognition. Johnson also lettered as a member of Hoban's track team.

    Bobby and his wife, Kristen, have two daughters, Madilyn, and Olivia.

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