Jason Johnson update

All Jason Johnson can do is wait. Work out and wait for the NFL Draft. Johnson has hopes of finally giving the Wildcats a quarterback on an NFL roster. He's done everything he can do and now only time will tell if he gets a shot at the pros.

The very fact that Jason Johnson even has a shot is a shock to many. When Ortege Jenkins was struggling as a senior in 2001, the coaching staff never turned to the junior from Washington to give them a spark. Most assumed he wasn't good enough and wrote him off when the position was open in the spring of that year.

Everyone wrote him off, assuming that John Rattay or Eric Garcia would win the job. Johnson impressed then new coach John Mackovic and proceeded to rewrite a number of Arizona passing records.

Johnson made a huge splash at the two all star games he played in and went from a fringe free agent signee to a guy that has a legitimate shot at being drafted.

"I've heard that I could potentially go in the sixth or seventh round," Johnson said. "But if I go as a free agent that is fine. All I want is a shot."

Johnson has signed with agent Kyle Rote Jr., the former soccer star and son of the NFL great. Rote's agency deals with a number of high profile athletes including Scottie Pippen. He recently spent five weeks working out in New Orleans in an effort to get in top shape for NFL on-campus evaluations.

"It's been great," Johnson said of his experience with Rote. "It was great getting to work out in New Orleans."

He's now back in Tucson, working out with former Cat QB Keith Smith. The pair works out at Fit at the River, a local health club and have a trainer who put them both through the paces.

"We've been working hard," Johnson said. "Keith is back to full speed. The heel is fine and he's ready to go. We both want to get better."

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