"I just told the coaches I was ready. Coach (Chuck) Smith said I needed to continue to work hard in practice, and that is what I will do," said Johnson.
"I know we are a much better team than we showed. Everybody on our team knows that. As long as we know that within the team, we can bounce back. We were embarrassed," Johnson said. "It was so many breakdowns. It was a shame to even watch film. Guys didn't want to look any more after seeing so many mistakes. It's a good thing they feel that way because it means guys are ready to make corrections. But you can't win with the mistakes we made."
Johnson said he didn't mind coming to Monday's press conference to answer questions about UK's 59-28 loss because he understood that was part of being a team leader. "This is probably more the business part of college football. You have to face the cameras and the media win or lose. The questions are much easier with a win, but you still have to face the facts. It's no problem answering questions. You just tell the truth," Johnson said. "You have to do this. I will face the cameras because I believe in this team and what we are doing. We can get it done. I honestly believe this team will be fine."
Johnson said he made a couple of mistakes that Smith showed him how to correct. "But he told me I did a pretty good job overall," Johnson said. "I think I can get better and make more tackles and even pick up my intensity.
"The speed of the game is crazy. It was all like a big blur and I was just sitting there. Then things started to slow down and all come together for me. Getting that first tackle was good. Then I good a feel for the linemen and the speed of the backs. I should be much better this week."