Q&A with Duke Johnson

Read on to see what sophomore running back Duke Johnson is saying a couple days after the team's first fall scrimmage.

On if he's where he wants to be:
Not really. A couple days ago was the first scrimmage and I just wanted to show off my strength that I got over the summer but there is always room for improvement.

On being bigger:
A lot of times I'll feel it going through the hole and the defensive linemen will try to knock me down and I'll make it through without stumbling.

On what the defense says about him:
They tell me after practices, joking about why they have to tackle me so hard to bring me down.

On the defense:
I think they did a great job but there is always room for improvement. The D-Line is going to take their game to a whole new level. They were challenged in the scrimmage and I think they'll respond great with the next scrimmage.

On high expectations of the offense:
It's always in the back of our heads but we just gotta come out and play football to the best of our abilities.

On where he can improve:
Conditioning, just being in the best possible shape and knowing the playbook – checks, what the line is doing, studying film, so I can know what the defense is doing.

On his expectations:
I just play football. If you worry about pressure, it may throw you off. I just go out there with a free mind and play.

On the offense off the field:
It's like a big family. The offense Is coming together, joking around and having fun while playing football.


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