For redshirt freshman Tshumbi Johnson Saturday's spring game was an opportunity to showcase his talent and worth. After suffering a shoulder injury last season, Johnson went on to redshirt. Coming into the game he told Insider he knew this was a chance to make that statement.
"I really had to make a statement because they haven't seen me play. Last year I was redshirted with a shoulder injury, so I really had to come out here and prove to them that I am ready to play and I can play at this level."
Johnson also spoke about getting this opportunity finally to show himself to the staff at Cincinnati and also the fans. "If I get the opportunity I'm going to make the best of it," he explained. "I feel good, the team came out to pland and coaches gave me an opportunity to make a play. they told me once I get in do what I know how to do and just get positive yards."
In his time on the field Johnson took those words and ran with them. He had five catches for 68 yards with his longest reception going for 26 yards on a nice bubble screen play.
"Offensive line giving us good block protection, wide receivers giving me blocks on the outside, I feel like if we continue to go hard and practice everyday we really can be nice. As for me if they cintinue to throw the ball my way I'm going to try to do what's best for the team by getting positive yards and make big plays."
Another opportunity giving to Johnson and his teammates is being able to play and perform in a NFL stadium. While Nippert Stadium is under renovation the Bearcats' will spend this season at Paul Brown Stadium.
"This is giving us a good experience at how a NFL football field looks and basically getting us use to it in case we get our number called to be drafted," Johnson said about playing at PBS. "We'll be familiar with an NFL football field."