RB Johnson Updates Status

Sophomore running back Andrew Johnson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) suffered a torn ACL in December 2004. His availability of the season is unknown, but Johnson updates his status.

Andrew Johnson rushed for 41 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries last year as a freshman.

This year he hopes to get on the field.

Johnson has been participating in non-contact drills this fall and is still working on his cutting ability.

"I am a speed back, but I am waiting on cutting from side to side," Johnson said. "It is slowing me down right now, but I can't rush into things. When I get back I will be full go."

Running backs Tyrone Moss, Derron Thomas, Charlie Jones, and George Timmons are all competing for playing time this season.

"All of those guys look good," Johnson said. "Obviously there are things we need to work on and we aren't great backs yet, but everyone looks real good. They are progressing and learning their assignments. By the time the season comes around I'm sure everyone will be ready."

Since he is injured Johnson gets to take a bit of a step back and look at things from the sidelines.

"It is all mental right now," Johnson said. "The only thing I can do now is learn since I can't play. I just have to give it my all to learn. When I am back I should not be making mistakes."

A return this season is questionable at the moment and Johnson offered his thoughts on a return to the lineup in 2005.

"I am always ready to come back," Johnson said. "When I get my knee together then I'll play. If they need me, they will call me. If not, then I will wait until next season and I will definitely come out ready."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com

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