If they formed a band, they could call it "Tracy Claeys and the Two Jays."

Claeys introduced Jay Johnson as the Gophers' new offensive coordinator on Friday and confirmed that Jay Sawvel will become the new defensive coordinator. "It will be Coach Sawvel once it's all said and done," Claeys said.

Miller brings tenacity

Claeys, who has a defensive background, said he wanted a veteran coordinator who could take over as the team's offensive "boss." He decided it would be good to complement the new coordinator with a younger offensive line coach.

He found Bart Miller, a 30-year-old Omaha native who drew rave reviews as Wisconsin's offensive line coach in 2012.

"He played [at New Mexico] for Bob Bostad, who is one of the best offensive line coaches there is, and worked for him at Wisconsin," Claeys said. "And that is a style that they teach that I was interested in doing."

Weber stays put

Johnson will serve as quarterbacks coach, as well as coordinator, and Claeys said Adam Weber will be back for a second year as a graduate assistant coach.

"That will allow Jay to roam quite a bit because Adam does a nice job." Claeys said of the Gophers' all-time passing leader.


Elijah Battle, a three-star cornerback from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College, reopened his recruiting after committing to the Gophers last month. He has yet to graduate from junior college and wouldn't have been able to enroll at the university this month, so the Gophers had to move on.

KJ Maye, who set a Gophers senior record with 73 receptions, said via text message that he's been picked to be a "first alternate" for the Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.