Former NFL lineman Marcus Johnson joined the Duke staff in July of 2011 and serves in the capacity of offensive quality control. Johnson worked as an assistant with the football program’s strength and conditioning unit during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
In 2013, Duke ranked among ACC leaders in scoring (5th; 32.8 ppg), total offense (4th; 426.1 ypg), rushing offense (5th; 178.0 ypg) and passing offense (6th; 248.1 ypg). On its way to the ACC Coastal Division championship, the Blue Devils set a school record for total points (459) while becoming the first team in school history to post 25-plus rushing touchdowns and 25-plus passing touchdowns in the same season.
A native of Coffeeville, Miss., Johnson lettered four seasons (2001-02-03-04) as an offensive lineman at Ole Miss under current Duke head coach David Cutcliffe, serving as team co-captain as a senior. He helped the Rebels to 28 wins over four years, the SEC Western Division co-championship in 2003 and a pair of bowl game appearances.
After earning second team All-SEC honors from the Associated Press as a senior, Johnson represented Ole Miss at the 2004 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
A second round pick of the Minnesota Vikings in the 2005 NFL Draft, Johnson spent four seasons (2005-06-07-08) with the Vikings and helped the squad to the NFC North Division championship and a playoff berth in 2008. After spending the 2009 campaign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he closed his playing career with a stint with the Hartford Colonials of the United Football League.
Johnson, who graduated from Ole Miss in 2004 with a degree in criminal justice while minoring in sociology, has one daughter, London.