October 18, 2007

Johnson ready to step up

Running back Jason Johnson doesn't know how much he's going to play next week against Florida.

But if and when he does, the senior from Chicago, Ill. says he'll be ready.

"I feel real confident," Johnson said. "(Coaches) have gone about teaching me the same game plan as they do Thomas (Brown), Kregg (Lumpkin) and Knowshon (Moreno). I'm ready when they need me."

With Lumpkin and Brown both out for Georgia's game against Florida, Johnson's name figures to be one of the first ones called to relieve Moreno.

Running backs coach Tony Ball said that Johnson can do the job when called upon.

"Jason knows what to do, he knows both the fullback and H-position (tailback)," Ball said. "It's just a matter of him getting in there and staying ready."

Johnson has the confidence of head coach Mark Richt as well.

"Jason's very tough physically," Richt said. "He'll knock the socks off you on the blitz, and he's a good hard runner with good vision. He's a very tough kid."

He just hasn't played. Despite seeing considerable action on special team, the novice Bulldog fan probably won't be able to tell you the last time he actually carried the football.

Johnson did not get a single carry in 2006 after getting just three totes for 44 yards in 2005.

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