Johnson gets ready for '05 and beyond

ATHENS - The only freshman named Johnson not to play for the Georgia Bulldogs this season is the one named Josh.

Josh Johnson is one of several Stephenson players on Georgia's team, and like Kregg Lumpkin he is sitting this season out. But unlike Lumpkin, Johnson is not hurt. Instead, he is redshirting this season due to the unbelievable depth at linebacker for the Bulldogs.

"I knew early in the year – before the season started," said Johnson about being redshirted. "I had expectations to play, but I talked with Coach VanGorder about playing and things in life and we decided it would be best to redshirt."

Johnson was one of four linebackers recruited by the Georgia staff in 2004. Two of them, Brannon Southerland and Brandon Miller were moved to linebacker after playing different positions in high school.

Even with the massive depth at linebacker, the future is in front of Johnson and his coaches seem pleased with his progress so far this year.

"I work hard in practice like I would be if I were playing. Anything I can do for the team on scout team or on special teams – I do it," he said.

Johnson says he is not down about sitting this season out.

"I try to take advantage of the situation," he said. "I still get four years to play, so in a way, I think redshirting might be better for me."

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