Tyrell Johnson is regarded as the fastest player on Arizona’s roster, but the third year wide receiver is still determined to improve upon several additional areas of his play.
“They get on me about running more and running harder in practice,” Johnson said. “I’ve been trying to give it full speed every single practice, that way I will be able to play more.
“Some things have been my fault when it comes to that, but I know I can overcome a lot of it.
“I had some injuries last year, but this season I’m healthy. I’ve played in all three games so far and my body still feels really go. Hopefully with everything I’ve been working on I’ll continue to be out there and let it all loose in the game.”
Johnson will no longer participate in track and field events, which has changed the junior’s outlook on football overall.
“My body feels way better just playing football,” he said. “I wouldn’t say I was tired of doing both sports, but it was just more stress on my body in general. It was a lot of running which led to a lot of muscle strains and other things that just piled up.
“I’m just a lot more focused during practices. I’m watching more film and I’m taking care of my body.
“Conditioning treatment and other things have helped me out too. It’s only been two weeks, but I think the coaches and myself already see the differences.”
With Arizona facing depth issues at the running back position, Johnson has practiced with the running backs this week and is prepared to be a durable threat in the backfield come game time.
“Let’s go, I just pick it up like that,” Johnson said. “I always say you just have to study the playbook like you mean it and be ready for whatever position the coaches need me to play.”
“We’ve got some packages that I’m going to be involved in and as the games go on, we will see how that goes."