Pirate wide receiver Johnson caught three passes last week for 51 yards including one for 31 yards and an 11-yard touchdown strike from quarterback Thomas Sirk in ECU's 34-10 loss to Temple.
Johnson hopes that the hard work he and his team is putting in on a weekly basis will eventually lead to more success for an ECU team that stands 1-5 coming into this week's game at Central Florida.
"We're just trying to get through practices and work hard every day like we do. Look at the film, study defenses and just go out on Saturday and try to win," Johnson told PirateIllustrated.com.
UCF comes into this week ranked 22nd in the country and the Knights are a team that is playing with a tremendous amount of confidence after beating Cincinnati 51-23 last Saturday.
"I know they got a lot better than last year. They're pretty much playing the same defense. We've just got to go out there and execute, catch the ball, protect the ball and just try to win."
Thomas Sirk has been leading us since the second home game and it's been amazing. We can't ask anymore from him," said Johnson, "We've just got to continue to try to work and continue to try to ball. All we can ask for is to go out and play hard and hopefully come out with a win."
The hope is to get the running game clicking a little more than in past weeks and in doing so, that typically helps to loosen up the passing game.
"I know it helps us out a lot. Temple sometimes would have eight defensive backs guarding the receivers and like three men up front so we have to be able to run the ball to try to make big plays through the air."
In looking for the formula to turn things around for ECU who has only won four of it's last eighteen games, one the best ways to find success is to get off to a fast start.
"We've just got to come out from the beginning and just ball from the first quarter all the way through the fourth quarter," Johnson told PI, "We've got to continue to work and not let up. No matter how bad or good the score gets, we've got to just keep balling."
"Our confidence level is up. We just try to lean on each other for help. We really can't ask for anything more from the guys around us. I love each and every one of them and all we can do is keep balling."
Game time is 7 o'clock this Saturday night when the Pirates take on UCF in Spectrum Stadium on CBS Sports Network.