Another Wisconsin Badgers alumnus appears to be returning to coach in Madison.
Former UW standout and NFL veteran Al Johnson will reportedly come back to the program he started three seasons for, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Jeff Potrykus. Potrykus wrote Johnson is expected to work with the offensive line, though a title hasn't been officially confirmed.
Johnson, a former second-round draft choice selected 38th overall by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2003 NFL Draft, played 66 total games, 45 starts, between the Cowboys, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins from 2003-2008, per NFL.com. Recently, the Brussels, Wis., native worked as offensive coordinator for Division III St. Norbert College in the Green Bay area for the past two seasons, and spent three seasons overall with the Knights football program.
Before his professional football career, Johnson was a three-year starter at UW, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors, garnering third-team All-American accolades from the The Sporting News, and was selected as a team captain his senior year. He was a prep standout from Southern Door, the same high school that produced Badgers great Bobby Adamov, and was an all-state selection.
Johnson joins a long list of former Wisconsin football players as assistant coaches, including head coach Paul Chryst, associate head coach/offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Rudolph, defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard, tight ends coach Mickey Turner, defensive graduate assistant Antonio Fenelus, offensive graduate assistant Jon Budmayr, special teams quality control assistant Taylor Melhaff, head strength and conditioning coach Ross Kolodziej, assistant strength and conditioning coach Jamil Walker, assistant strength and conditioning coach Bradie Ewing, and strength and conditioning graduate assistant Kyle Costigan.
Stay tuned for more developments once the news becomes official.