UL-Lafayette promotes football assistants Johnson, Munoz

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth announced Friday that offensive assistants Jay Johnson and Jorge Munoz were promoted to associate head coach and passing game coordinator.

Johnson, who will continue to be offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, has directed one of the top offenses in the Sun Belt entering his fourth season with the Ragin’ Cajuns.

“We’re excited about the job that Coach Johnson has done in the last three years with our offense,” Hudspeth said. “He is a veteran coach that brings a lot to our staff, and we wanted to give him more responsibility and promote him to associate head coach, as I will rely on his experience.”

Beginning in his first season in 2011, Johnson was responsible in the emergence of Blaine Gautier, who threw for a school-record 2,958 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Under Johnson’s tutelage in 2012, quarterback Terrance Broadway posted a school-record 3,611 yards of total offense. As a team, the Ragin’ Cajuns set school records for total offense (5,914) and points (461).

The Cajuns set school records for first downs (283) and plays from scrimmage (883) in 2013 while producing four first-team All-Sun Belt selections, including the running back tandem of Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire.

Broadway led all league starting quarterbacks in passing efficiency while completing 62 percent of his passes for 2,419 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Munoz, entering his seventh year on the staff, has coached the Ragin’ Cajuns receivers the past three seasons under Hudspeth, helping produce some of the top receivers in school history.

“Jorge does an incredible job with our wide receivers and, in the last three years, our passing game has been very successful,” Hudspeth said.

In 2013, Munoz was instrumental in the play of Jamal Robinson, who earned second-team All-Sun Belt honors after finishing seventh in the league in receptions (54) and fifth in receiving yards per game (66.3); his eight TD receptions were tied for fifth-most in school history.

Javone Lawson (134 catches, 2,107 yards, 15 TDs) and Harry Peoples (122, 1,514, six) concluded their careers as only the third set of receivers in school history to each have 100 receptions in a career.

In 2011, Munoz played an integral role in the Cajuns throwing for more than 3,500 yards. Lawson (63 catches, 1,092 yards) posted one of the top seasons by a UL-Lafayette receiver while Peoples and Darryl Surgent also emerged as steady targets for Gautier.