Maryland junior cornerback Jeremiah Johnson is not afraid to get a little dirty out on the field, or at least his socks that is.
"When we go out for our team stretch, before the entire unit goes out, I never wear my shoes. I always stretch in my socks," Johnson said. "I don't know why I just like to get the feel of the turf on my feet…Grass, turf, whatever it is. I always wear my socks, and they always get dirty. Guys always pick on me, but it's just kind of like my thing… I play with my socks dirty."
The dirty socks seem to be working for Johnson. Last season, Maryland ranked 30th nationally in passing defense, allowing just 207. 5 passing yards. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Johnson started all 12 games in 2012, and led the Terps with eight pass breakups, and led the defensive backs with five tackles for loss.
With another season of experience under his belt, Johnson is beginning to emerge as a leader on the defense this year.
Johnson sat down with TurtleSportsReport.com to talk about his expectation for the upcoming season, and how he is balancing his play with his role as a leader on the Terps' young defense.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior said coming back for year two under defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has elevated the play of the entire defense, and he talks about how his own game have developed since last season.
In addition, Johnson discusses true freshman cornerback Will Likely, what he brings to the Terps' secondary, and more (including why he plays in dirty socks) in the video below.
Terps CB Not Afraid to Get Dirty
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