Word for Word: Jovon Johnson

Jovon Johnson Q & A

Q: What has helped you get within striking distance of Nile Kinnick's record?

Jovon Johnson: Just knowing certain and distances, knowing what possible plays that the offense can run. It's just being in the right place at the right time is a reason why I've got a lot of interceptions. At the same time, the passes that I've broken up, that I've been close to interceptions that would probably be the most interesting to the scouts.

Q: You brought up the physical aspects, I did get a chance to watch the TiVo of the Wisconsin game a little bit. I noticed at the feet of (Matt) Bernstein was you a lot of times. You guys can't be afraid back there, you guys tackle.

Johnson: We tackle, even though it might low or high or however we tackle, we tackle. We feel like we can't let our other 10 players on the field down by not tackling or missing a tackle. If you do miss a tackle, you better miss it from going hard and being aggressive, then everyone else on the defense can accept that. Yeah, when you saw Bernstein flip over it was me because I was filling the shoes of a big time player back there, Bob Sanders. He probably would have done things differently from what I did, but at the same time, he basically led me to believe that I wasn't the most physical, but I could make plays.

Q: You get 4 more, 5 more interceptions, do you think they'll name anything after you here?

Johnson: I doubt they'll name anything after me, but I feel like I'll truly be remembered. Even if I do or don't break the record, it's not a big concern to me. At the same time, I do feel like the coaches respect having me here, they respect having me out on the field and they trusted me. I can never accomplish all the things Nile Kinnick accomplished so I wouldn't expect them to name anything after me.

Q: Do you feel like you've had a legacy? Some freshman defensive backs 10 years down the road, seeing your name, that would be kind of cool.

Johnson: At least they'll be able to walk through the locker rooms and look on the board and say, "Wow, who was Jovon Johnson?" and the coaches will be able to tell them who I was and what I did.

Q: Think they're going to talk about how you dress?

Johnson: I don't know if they'll mention how I dress. I mean, they have a couple times since I've been here. We'll see, we'll see.


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