Two weeks ago, senior cornerback Andrew Johnson reported that despite being completely recovered from a leg injury that sidelined for the final three games last season, that his experience and knowledge of the position created an opportunity for him to start in the Cardinals secondary this fall.
“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,” explained Johnson, who claimed to be about 85 percent at the time. “They said that I just need to step up and work harder.”
A product of Miami (Fla.) Southridge, Johnson arrived at the University of Louisville in 2011 and quickly climbed the depth chart. He appeared 11 games, starting 9, during the Cardinals run to the Belk Bowl.
He capped off a sophomore season that included a pair of starts in 12 appearances with an interception that ended any comeback hopes that 4th-ranked Florida had in the fourth quarter of the Cardinals 2013 Sugar Bowl victory.
Those experiences and his continued improving play during fall camp have allowed the coaching staff to move Terell Floyd to safety. Couple that with the likelihood that quarterbacks will shy from throwing on Charles Gaines side of the field and Johnson will need use his experience to his advantage.
“He's improved,” U of L cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley said. “He understands the game and he understands that this is his last go-around, so he's trying to make the best out of it.”
One of Louisville's most experienced receivers echoes the positive reviews provided by Buckley.
”I've been here three years with him, he's grown so much,” said senior Michaelee Harris. “He's really grown up and is such a better player.”
Johnson has 59 career tackles, including three for a loss. He's also registered a forced fumble, 6 pass break ups and his highlight interception.