Johnson Switched To Safety

FAYETTEVILLE -- With starting free safety Michael Grant out for the remainder of the season due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in last Saturday's 26-20 win at South Carolina, the Arkansas secondary suddenly became desperate for some extra depth.

Enter Robert Johnson.

Already moved from quarterback to wide receiver following the season opener against Southern California, Johnson was wearing a white jersey at Tuesday's practice, signifying his switch from the red-shirted offense to defense.

"I'm just going to try it out a little bit," Johnson said.

The former starting quarterback got a look at Grant's free safety position on Tuesday, but safeties coach Louis Campbell said right now that's all it is, a look.

"Strictly an experiment," Campbell said.

Johnson has not even played a down of defense since his sophomore season at Waco (Texas) High, but he figures it will all come back to him eventually.

"It might take a little bit, but today I thought I looked alright out there," Johnson said. "But there's always room for improvement."

And what did Campbell think?

"I don't really know until I look at the film."

Campbell does know, though, why he gave Johnson a shot at free safety in the first place.

"He's big, tall. He can run," Campbell said. "He's got talent."

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