January 4, 2010

Offseason Outlook: Johnson's assault on records

Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson broke just about every single-season passing mark in A&M school history in 2009. He set the passing yardage mark with 3,579 - the first Aggie ever to throw for more than 3,000 yards in a season. He also broke his own touchdown mark set a season ago with 30, and he threw just eight interceptions.

It doesn't end there either. Johnson broke season records in pass completions, pass attempts, total offense, touchdown responsibility and total plays. As a senior in 2010, Johnson will begin his assault on just about every career passing mark where there are records at A&M, and he already owns the career marks for passing touchdowns (53) and touchdown responsibility (67).

So don't expect to see any quarterback controversy or competition or whatever you want to call it during spring drills and August training camp. Johnson is going to be on the Heisman watch list heading into the season, and he'll put up the numbers to belong in the picture. But will the Aggies win enough games? Don't count them out. A&M is rising while Texas, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are all losing a ton of starting talent while Texas Tech is in no-man's land with Mike Leach out of the picture. The South might be ripe for the taking in 2010, and that would put Johnson right in the thick of the Heisman race if he can come even close to the same production he had in 2009.

It's still very apparent that Ryan Tannehill is Johnson's primary backup, but he should get a little more competition this offseason. Tannehill was easily with Johnson in a tier above every other quarterback on the roster heading into 2009, which didn't sit well with head coach Mike Sherman as Tannehill is one of Johnson's top targets at receiver.


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