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Keyshawn Johnson To Coach Wide Receivers At Mission Viejo


Former USC and NFL star Keyshawn Johnson is taking his talents back to the gridiron, as he will be the new wide receivers coach at Mission Viejo High School, according to MaxPreps.com.

Johnson has been working as an ESPN analyst since 2009 and plans to continue to do so this year while trying his hand at coaching for the first time. He will report to the Orange County football factory on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, according to Mission Viejo head coach Bob Johnson. Keyshawn will also be present for about half of the Diablos’ games.

Prior to being an analyst and now a coach, Johnson made heads turn with his athleticism on the field. When the New York jets drafted him in 1996, he was the first wide receiver to be chosen with the first overall pick since Irving Fryar in 1984. He enjoyed a 10-year career that featured three Pro Bowl selections, one Pro Bowl MVP award and one Super Bowl championship.

But he is probably most fondly remembered for the two years he put in at USC, where he transferred from West Los Angeles College. He suited up in cardinal and gold for the 1994 and 1995 seasons, and dazzled from the beginning. In his first year in Troy he finished with 66 catches for 1,362 yards and 9 touchdowns and in 1995, he finished with 102 catches for 1,434 yards and seven more scores. He was twice named a Consensus All-American and in USC’s appearance in the 1996 Rose Bowl, he caught 12 passes for a Rose Bowl record 216 yards, and scored one touchdown. After the Trojans’ 41-32 win over Northwestern, he was named the Player of the game.

Johnson joins the staff of a powerhouse Mission Viejo program that went 11-1 in 2012. The Diablos enjoyed a perfect regular season and went undefeated into the Pac-5 playoffs before ultimately losing to Long Beach Poly. The Diablos averaged 50.3 points per game and scored a whopping 84 points against Aliso Niguel.

With the collegiate and NFL experience that Johnson brings to the table, the wide receiving corps at Mission Viejo just got a little more intimidating.

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