Johnson a hot topic in spring football

Jeff Johnson, Publisher
O State Illustrated

Cowboy fans in the know have been talking about LSU-transfer for nearly a year. That make sense, given his status as a former 5-star prospect out of high school. Now that Johnson is heading into a season where he can actually participate, the rest of the fanbase is getting their introduction. There is a lot of buzz around Johnson this spring as he works his way into a deep, talented receiver corps.

Head coach Mike Gundy says that Johnson's ability to make plays in live situations is what has jumped out at him this spring.

"One thing that I have mentioned to our staff and the team is that so far, whenever the lights come on and we keep score, he makes plays," Gundy said. "In most team sports, there's something to be said about that. If he continues on with that and does it throughout August practice, if he takes care of business like he should--he's learning to adapt to our culture--then, he's going to get to play a lot. In specifics, he seems to be very shifty at this point and he seems to be very durable and has the ability to break tackles."

Fellow receiver Jalen McCleskey has known Johnson since their high school days and says he is adjusting nicely.

"He has been doing really well," McCleskey said. "He has been getting the plays down so instead of just worrying about what he has to do on each play, he can just play now because he knows what he needs to do. So he has just been showing what he can do on the field.

"To have him on the same college team, it has just been really fun."

Adding Johnson to a receiver group that includes James Washington, McCleskey and seniors Marcell Ateman and Chris Lacy is almost an embarrassment of riches, but one that has to have quarterback Mason Rudolph excited about his senior season in 2017.

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