Joe Johnson joined the Rice Football staff as a quality control coach in August of 2013 and became an offensive graduate assistant in the spring of 2014.
Originally from Plano, Johnson played in high school at Plano West and then moved on the University of North Texas where he was a four-year letterman and a four-year starter at center under Todd Dodge and Dan McCarney. He was named to the 2008 Sun Belt All-Freshman team and was the Mean Green Offensive Lineman of the Year. He was voted as one of the Mean Green team captains in 2011.
A member of the Sun Belt Conference Honor Roll, he graduated in 2011 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in marketing and management.