Former NFL linebacker Pepper Johnson named IMG Academy head football coach

Following last season’s undefeated national championship season, IMG Academy named former NFL linebacker Pepper Johnson as the school’s next head football coach on Wednesday. The Ascenders finished No. 1 in last season’s Power 25 with Johnson serving as defensive coordinator.

Johnson played in the NFL for 13 seasons and won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants. After he retired, Johnson coached with the New England Patriots from 2000-2013. The Patriots won three Super Bowls in that span.

IMG Academy will once again be one of the top high school football teams in the country this fall. Former Rancho Verde (Moreno Valley, Calif.) quarterback A.J. Duffy, a Florida State commit, will lead the team under center.

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