CB Johnson in the Return Game

Sophomore cornerback Bruce Johnson is excited for his first game against Florida State.

Last year Bruce Johnson watched the FSU game from the sidelines as a true freshman. He played in 10 games last year.

With the Sept. 4 season opener against #11 Florida State just a few days, Johnson is looking forward to the game.

"I am excited to play in a big game for the first time at the collegiate level," Johnson said. "I think I have some chances to make some big plays like on punt returns, kick returns, or even on defense."

Florida State has three top-tier wide receivers in Chris Davis, De'Cody Fagg, and Greg Carr, which means Miami will need their cornerbacks to play at a high level.

Johnson is a reserve cornerback behind starters Glenn Sharpe and Randy Phillips, but could be expected to be play a large role on defense.

"My role is simply when I'm needed I'm going to do whatever I can to help this team win," Johnson said. "I am not going to be no selfish dude or anything. So if they throw me in wherever, I will do whatever just to help."

Johnson expects to line up on the right side as a kick returner with Darnell Jenkins on the left.

The two are expected to alternate punt return duties.

"I like doing that," Johnson said. "I did it in high school so it is second nature to me. I think I will have a big impact this year doing that."

Johnson began fall practices a little slow before picking it up according to defensive backs coach Tim Walton.

"At the beginning I was a little sluggish," Johnson said. "Then Coach Walton and I sat down and had a talk, then I got my mind right and I'm back on track."

The team returns to practice tomorrow after a day off today.

Christopher Stock can be reached at stock@canestime.com

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