Jovon Johnson Q&A

Jovon Johnson spoke with the media Tuesday about coming back from a loss, similarities to last year, and how a leader like Drew Tate has to act to be effective in this premium interview transcript.

Q: (On bouncing back from a tough loss)

Jovon Johnson: It's going to be a challenge for us to bounce back and get ready for Illinois. They present a lot of things, basically the same things that the coach did at Florida. It'll be a challenge for us, but it's nothing we haven't seen before.

Q: Do you try and game plan a little bit thinking you've seen this offense before, the fact that you faced them in a bowl?

Johnson: They run a lot of things that Ohio State did, a lot of option, a lot of the same kinds of routes and things like that. They don't have the quarterback that Ohio State had. It'll be a challenge for us to prepare this week, but I think we're capable of it.

Q: Is it hard to flush last week? The way you guys performed out there, it's got to be hard to just put it behind you.

Johnson: Yeah, it's hard to just put a game like that behind you, but at the same time, we know our strengths, we know our weaknesses and our weaknesses obviously showed this weekend. It's going to be a challenge for us to go out there and limit our mistakes and put our mistakes behind us and make a positive.

Q: It looks like it's almost impossible for a team that starts 0-2 in the conference to win the Big Ten title. Does that make it feel like more of a must-win on Saturday?

Johnson: We haven't lost our second game in the conference yet. We only lost one in the conference, so you can still come out on the top of this conference with one loss. It's going to take the next seven games to find out where we are as far as the conference championship race goes. You're only as good as your last game, and our last game wasn't very good.

Q: Can you draw anything from last year, I know you were 2-2 at the end of September last year, but other than that are there any similarities?

Johnson: Last season, when we came out 2-2, we obviously started clicking earlier than we are right now. That obviously helped us for the rest of the season, but right now it's like we're not clicking like we should be. Things just aren't going the way we want them to be. It's going to take coaches and players to step their game up at practice and things like that in order for us to be successful.

Q: When you see a guy like Drew (Tate) who's such a fiery competitor and that's such a part of who he is and why he's such a good player. Where do you draw the line between being a fiery competitor and letting your emotions get the best of you?

Johnson: You just saw how frustrated Drew was when he spiked the ball. Things like that, you can't have when you have a team leader, you can't have that out of a team leader. Drew knows he made a mistake and he regretted it, but at the same time, you can be a competitor and not let your actions show that you're frustrated. When you're frustrated, teams try and take advantage of it.

Q: Is there something that you do to yourself to try and back yourself off of those situations? Maybe calm yourself down when you're starting to get frustrated out there?

Johnson: I just kind of like walk around and just try and walk it off. If you get frustrated and you let your opponent see it, then they'll start attacking you, and when they start attacking you when you're frustrated, that's when your mistakes are most evident.

Q: Is this program to the point where when you guys hit a lot spot like you're in right now, you don't have to worry about negative things creeping in?

Johnson: We're to the point right now where we try not to think about negatives, we try to think about what it is that we need to do in order to win and be successful. We're going to have to obviously look at our negatives and at the same time, practice what our positives are, keep our positives positive and just try and make our negatives, take those and make them positives as well.


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