After spending the last two years as a graduate assistant, former Spartans defensive back Jesse Johnson will have a more significant role on the Michigan State staff.

Johnson has been added to the Spartans’ staff as an analyst for the upcoming 2019 season. According to, Johnson will be a full-time member of the staff as a defensive analyst and he signed a contract in March.

Michigan State now has four full-time analysts on the staff. Johnson will work with former MSU linebacker Steve Gardiner on the defensive side of the football. Gardiner will be in his third year in that role this fall.

Per the report from, Johnson’s responsibilities include providing statistical reports, game film analysis and scouting reports, among other things.

Johnson played for the Spartans from 2007-10 and appeared in 46 career games on special teams and as a safety. He finished his career with five tackles and two blocked punts.