Last updated on Feb. 7, 2014
Clayton Johnson has served as an offensive graduate assistant coach with the Bulldog football team since 2012 and specifically works with the offensive line. Johnson's other responsibilities include assisting the offensive coaches with game preparation, film breakdown, scouting and practice plans.
With Johnson's aid, the Bulldog offense produced the best season in school history and set 19 school records during the 2013 season where Fresno State went 11-2 and won the Mountain West championship. Included in those records were new marks for passing yards, total offense and points scored.
Even more remarkable was the year the offensive line had behind Johnson and offensive line coach Cameron Norcross. Fresno State only allowed 11 sacks in 13 games, a figure that ranked seventh in the FBS. What is more impressive is that Fresno State did so while throwing the ball 675 times in 2013, which was 246 more pass attempts than any other of the teams ranked head of the 'Dogs.
Left tackle Austin Wentworth received first-team All-Mountain West accolades in 2012 and 2013 while also picking up honorable mention All-America accolades from Sports Illustrated during his senior season. Guard Cody Wichmann was an honorable mention All-MW pick in 2013.
Prior to coming to Fresno State, Johnson was the run-game coordinator, offensive line coach and the strength and conditioning coach at West Valley College in Saratoga in 2011. The two years before that he was the assistant offensive line coach at Gavilan College in Gilroy, Calif. In his two junior college stops, Johnson had six players go on to earn scholarships.
Johnson played offensive line at Gavilan College where he was named to the 2006 NorCal All-Combine team. He went on to Nevada in 2007 and 2008 where he played for current Fresno State offensive line coach Cameron Norcross. Johnson was an Academic All-WAC selection in 2008 and won the team's Big Bloc Award for the Louisiana Tech game in 2008.
He graduated from Nevada in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and he was a Graduate of Distinction.