Oklahoma State’s Josh Henson, who worked with Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher at LSU, will be A&M’s new offensive line coach, according to Billy Luicci of TexAgs.com.
Fisher said Wednesday he’d move quickly to replace Jim Turner, who was hired by the Cincinnati Bengals. In fact, Fisher indicated he already had made the hire by saying “they had” many outstanding applicants for the position.
Henson served as LSU’s offensive line coach from 2005-08 under Les Miles. Fisher began coaching at LSU in 2000 as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Nick Saban, then kept the post under Miles after Saban went to the NFL after the 2004 season.
Henson will be the third assistant on A&M’s staff who worked with Fisher at LSU, joining wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig and linebackers coach Bradley Dale Peveto.
Henson, who played at Oklahoma State, returned to his alma mater in 2016 as an offensive analyst when Missouri’s Barry Odom didn’t retain him from the staff of Gary Pinkel, who retired.
Henson was initially hired at Arizona State in January 2017 but returned to OSU a month later when a full-time spot opened on Mike Gundy’s staff.
Henson played at OSU from 1994-97, starting 37 games and earning second-team All-Big 12 honors as a senior. He served as a graduate assistant as his alma mater in 1999. He was promoted to recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach in 2001 and four years later accompanied Miles to LSU.
Henson left LSU after it won the national title in 2008 to be Missouri’s co-offensive line coach. Pinkel promoted Henson to coordinator for the 2013 season. With Henson calling the plays that season, Missouri set team records for total offense (6,870 yards) and yards per game (490.7).
Henson was making $420,000 per year with a chance of adding $120,000 in bonuses at OSU, according to USA Today. Turner was making $600,000 per year.
Henson will be the second assistant replaced by Fisher off his first squad at A&M that went 9-4 and beat North Carolina State in the Gator Bowl. Tight ends coach Joe Jon Finley replaced Tim Brewster, who went to North Carolina.