Louisville signee Austin Johnson of DeSales recaps his visit to Louisville for the spring game; Johnson expected to be in the race this year

DeSales High School punter Austin Johnson, a Louisville signee, recaps his visit to the Cardinals' spring game last week. Johnson is expected to battle for the punter and kicker positions this season for the Cardinals.

Austin Johnson is expected to battle for the punter and kicker positions as a true freshman in the fall at the University of Louisville. The Cardinals will be replacing John Wallace as the kicker and Josh Appleby at punter.

Johnson, a DeSales High School product who signed with U of L in February, will have plenty of competition for the two positions and saw them first hand last week in the spring game.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Johnson said he had an "absolute blast" watching his future teammates.

"The team looked extremely awesome," Johnson said. "I cannot wait to be a part of something huge. We are on the rise and only going to get better and I can't wait to be part of it."

Johnson, who averaged nearly 40 yards a punt as a senior, has his foot in a cast for at least another week but said then "I'll be back and ready to work," after breaking a bone in his foot.

"I am unsure when I move in, but it will be early June," he said. "And I can't wait."

Johnson helped lead DeSales to the Kentucky Class 2A state playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.  Filling the role of quarterback and kicker, as well as the punting responsibilities, Johnson led his team in scoring as a senior.  He threw for 1,420 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also rushing for 738 yards and nine scores.

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