After trying to get together with Micah Johnson for several months, former University of Kentucky defensive lineman Dennis Johnson finally got to see him at the state track meet last weekend in Lexington.
And the older Johnson was as impressed with the younger Johnson as everyone else has been.
"First, he's huge. You hear about his size, but you really don't know until you see for yourself," said Dennis Johnson. "He's got the body to play in the SEC now.
"Second, he's a great kid. He was nice to talk to and you can tell he has that passion about playing football for Kentucky. You can't measure how important that is."
Dennis Johnson has heard the speculation about whether Micah Johnson will be best used at linebacker or possibly at defensive end. For Dennis Johnson, the choice should be obvious.
"He's played linebacker in high school and is a kid you have to get on the field. Making the switch to the defensive line and learning all the techniques and things you have to do is tough. I would put him at linebacker and let him just make plays. Maybe you could put him at end on obvious pass rushing situations, but don't confuse him. Line him up where he's comfortable this first year and just let him go. After that, there will be time to consider if another spot is right," Dennis Johnson said.
"But at middle linebacker, he could be just what Kentucky needs. He has that size to get off blocks and stop the run. If you are a small linebacker, you are going to have trouble in the SEC no matter how quick you are. The offensive linemen are just too big and strong for you. But Micah looks like he could be the guy to help stop that problem."
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