Johnson, a product of Miami (Fla.) Southridge High School, has the experience to fill spot. He started nine games as a freshman and has appeared in 23 games for the Cardinals. He saw action in 9 games last season, starting one, until a leg injury forced him to miss the final three games.
While he's still not fully healthy from the injury, he remains determined to continue to progress without allowing it to limit him much during practice.
“Right now I'd say I'm 85 percent,” he said following Wednesday's practice. “Everyday I feel good and don't have any setbacks. I'm in the training room every day, in the cold tub and hot tub. I'm taking care of my body more, stretching and doing things I wasn't doing my first three years.”
“They said that I have the opportunity to start and give the team a plus at cornerback because I have experience and have been here for awhile,” Johnson said. “They said that I just need to step up and work harder.”
That opportunity has Johnson focused on improving each time out.
“Actually, I challenge myself everyday to minimize my mistakes and stay consistent. Every day there is room for improvement, so I just focus on that and grind everyday.”