Utah hires former Wyoming coach Christensen as OC

Utah has hired former Wyoming coach Dave Christensen as

offensive coordinator and demoted Dennis Erickson to running backs

coach.

Erickson and Brian Johnson were co-offensive coordinators last

season but the Utes had another disappointing season on that side

of the ball. Utah ranked 76th in the country in total offense (397

yards per game), though injuries that limited quarterback Travis

Wilson were a factor.

Johnson will continue to be quarterbacks coach. The 66-year-old

Erickson, who has been head coach at Miami, Oregon State and

Arizona State, worked with the running backs last season.

Christensen was fired by Wyoming on Dec. 1. He went 27-35 in

Laramie, Wyo., though the Cowboys often had productive offenses.

This season they ranked 22nd in the nation in total offense (472.7

yards per game).