Christian Johnson ready to fight for his job

Now that his academic and health issues are behind him, senior offensive lineman Christian Johnson is ready to help Kentucky win again. He had to redshirt last season after starting games both in 2006 and 2007.

Now that his academic and health issues are behind him, senior offensive lineman Christian Johnson is ready to help Kentucky win again. He had to redshirt last season after starting games both in 2006 and 2007. Now he's hoping to regain a starting spot at guard once he drops his weight from 337 to 320 or less, something he's confidence he can do.

"It feels good to be back out there. I still have to get in a little bit of shape and get my technique back," he said. "It is going to be a long process to get my job back. Even when I came back this past season (to practice), I was on the scout team. I didn't get any regular reps with the first team. So it is like starting over. I am going to try and work my butt off and I know the coaches are going to let the best person play. Any way I can help the team out, that's my plan." Johnson could give UK needed physical play in the line, something that was missing at times last year.

" I don't want to make it sound like I am the most physical person, but I guess I am the biggest guy on the line so it would seem that I would be more physical," Johnson said. "I think they missed my personality and probably my toughness. I try to be mean, so I guess you could say they missed my physical play. I think they did well without me, though."

So can he add some toughness this year?

"I always try to. I don't know what it is, but I feel the offensive linemen should be some of the nastiest people on the field," Johnson said. "We are in the trenches and are head butting and fighting every play. You have to be a mean person. "You can't do it being soft and not being mean. So that's what I try to do. I try to be mean and get in scuffles on the field and stuff like that just to wake people up. I feel like the tougher we are, the better we will be on Saturdays."


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