Cy-Hawk Week: Jovon Johnson

Jovon Johnson talks about the challenge ISU faces, as well as a recent press clipping referring to him as a "shrimp". Read what he had to say in this premium transcript.

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Q: Especially with a good bounce, but now you take on Bret Meyer, what sort of problems does that present?

Jovon Johnson: Obviously they have a great QB in Meyer who can scramble out of the pocket and also throw the ball downfield. Then they've got a good group of receivers who can go deep and catch passes so it's going to be a test to see how good our defense is.

Q: You looked at them, and Blythe of course is 6'5".

Johnson: I was reading the newspaper the other day, they had something that said "The Gazelle vs. The Shrimp" so I kind of took offense to that. We'll see how that goes come game day.

Q: How do you negate the size difference as a defensive back?

Johnson: Obviously we're going to be at a disadvantage bringing in a 5'9" back. At the same time, bringing in a 5'9" defensive back doesn't mean that that defensive back isn't capable of making plays against someone who's 6'5" or 6'6". We played against guys who were 6'7" at Minnesota. It's going to be a test for us, but at the same time we're capable of going out there and doing what we do best.

Q: DO you notice a difference around campus so far this week, a different type of feel, different atmosphere knowing it's Iowa State week?

Johnson: I haven't really been on campus that much today or the past couple days because yesterday was Labor Day and today I only have one class. I'm sure that later on in the week, things will get heavy and everyone will start getting excited about us going into a game against Iowa State this week.

Q: You said you saw in the paper "The Gazelle vs. The Shrimps" how often do you read the newspaper and watch what's on TV? Do you try and avoid that or do you like reading it because it motivates you?

Johnson: I try to stay away from it as much as I can, but I was just passing through Coach Ferentz's secretary and she had it on her desk. I just happened to open it, look at the back page and see something like that. You have to take offense to something like that. I really don't consider myself a shrimp, I'll never go into a game thinking that I'm at a disadvantage to anybody, I don't care if I'm going against Charles Rogers or the best NFL receiver in the league. I'm going to go out there and play and do what I know how to do and we'll see what they call me at the end of the game.

Q: Is Todd Blythe a tough match up?

Johnson: He's a good receiver, yeah, but we're good defensive backs. It'll be a match up that everybody will look forward to.

Q: Do you expect Antwan to be back in the starting lineup?

Johnson: Hopefully, yeah. I really haven't heard any of the talk about what they're going to do with Antwan, so I really don't know what's going to happen. I'm going to prepare myself to have him out there and also not have him out there. I'm going to be able to go into practice this week and get prepared and if we do have Antwan, that'll be a bonus. If not, then we'll just take on the challenge with what we have.

Q: You said you took offense to 'shrimp', what nickname would you like to see up on the headlines?

Johnson: I don't know, not something like that. When somebody says something like that about you, it kind of makes you feel like... I don't know. It's just something I feel was offensive, but at the same time, they can say that but I'll go out and show them what I am after the game.

Q: Is that something that Bob (Sanders) had to deal with when he was here, did you ever sense he was going through that?

Johnson: I never saw anybody write anything like that about Bob, because they probably had something like 'The Hitman' or something like that. Just for them to say something like that about me, I feel like I wasn't respected.

Q: Is it in your locker yet?

Johnson: Nah. It ain't in my locker yet, I've got it at home. I'll put it up in my locker before the week is over. I'm going to go into this game and I'm going to be fully prepared to do my best this whole week. Watch as much film as I can, pick up every key I can, go out there and perform to the best of my ability.

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