Johnson working to become a receiver

Tyrell Johnson is continuing to learn how to be a better wide receiver. Read on to see how he is doing that and more.

Tyrell Johnson has been the fastest player on Arizona since arriving on campus and that honor has led to Rich Rodriguez letting him run track this season.

However, Johnson's focus continues to be on football.

"I’m a football player running track," Johnson said. "I just ended up fast and I have a gift, so I am going to use it.

"I did it in high school, so I am kind of used to it. It’s been two years since I have ran track, but it’s nice."

Johnson also does not mind helping his teammates out when it comes to increasing their speed.

"I don’t tease anybody," he said. "If they ask me to do anything or what kind of speed work, I give them hints or something to do. We need to get faster as a team."

There were times last season that Johnson seemed lost, but he is now more confident in his ability.

"I am way more comfortable now," Johnson said. "I know the plays, so I can move fast and think fast. I can read coverages better and everything is going well right now."

"I have learned how to become a receiver more. In high school I was always a running back, so now that I am running routes consistently, I am learning how to break my routes off, when to use my speed, how to burst."

Wide receiver coach Tony Dews has played a large part in Johnson's improvement.

"Coach Dews gets on us all practice," Johnson said. "He doesn’t let us slack in anything that we do. Even when we do something good, there is always something we can do better."

The improvement with Johnson is apparent, but there are still numerous aspects of his game that he wants to get better in.

"I just want to be able to run routes better and get better and learn the little things, how to read coverages," he said.

"I would say the hardest part last season was blocking those big linebackers. I got in the weight room and got stronger, so I can see if I hold my ground better."

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