Q: Do you guys find yourselves peeking at schedules?
Johnson: No. We take each game at a time.
Q: You're the Nebraska kid going back to Nebraska. What's that like for you?
Johnson: I'm really excited about it. I know quite a few of the players on the team. It's going to be really fun for me.
Q: Have you been able to get enough tickets?
Johnson: I need a few more, but I've almost got enough.
Q: How many did you need?
Johnson: I think 15 or so.
Q: The offense line really hasn't given up the sacks. Brett's completing a high percentage. Do what do you contribute the offensive line's ability to answer what was the big question mark going into this season.
Johnson: Coach McFarland's taught us a lot of important things. You get out there and you have to know what's happening. We take one play at a time.
Q: Is there a rivalry?
Johnson: I think so. It's not as big as Iowa, but it's still a rivalry.
Q: Do you think they get up for the game as much as Iowa State?
Johnson: I think they do because the past couple years it's always been close games. We challenge them.
Q: Were you recruited by Nebraska?
Johnson: Yes, but with the coaching change…I was offered a walk-on there, but decided to come here. I'm happy with that decision.
Q: So the Callahan regime cooled on you?
Johnson: A little bit. Once I got my offer here, I jumped on it.
Q: How's it been working with Brett Meyer?
Johnson: Really well. Brett's been making sure he lets us know what's happening out there.
Q: Did you have a lot of experience at center prior to this year?
Johnson: One year.
Q: Are there any lessons you learned from watching Stevenson play?
Johnson: Just his intensity. How hard he played.
Q: You guys took a lot of heat going into the season that you weren't going to be that good. Did you guys take that personally?
Johnson: Yeah, we did. The entire offensive line took it personally. After we started going, we lost it and decided we were going to play for ourselves.
Q: Last week it was the deal of staying grounded after a big win. This week it's picking yourselves up after a loss. Is either of those harder than the other?
Johnson: A loss is hard, but you've got to move on. Every loss is hard. You can't stay on it for too long.
Q: As a Nebraska guy, did you dream of playing for the Huskers growing up?
Johnson: Not necessarily. I watched them growing up, but as I got older, I kind of looked around. I wasn't really stuck on playing there.
Q: Is Iowa State a player in the area where you're from? Can Iowa State go in there and pry kids away?
Johnson: I think so. Bates will be a good player. I think we can. The recruiting is so wide anymore.