Q&A with Aldarius Johnson

Aldarius Johnson is Miami's leading receiver and he's only a true freshman. Read on to see what he's saying about the season, the young receivers, his relationship with Jacory Harris, Wake Forest, and much more.

Q: How good was it to have such a big day Saturday?
A: It was like a coming out party. I had a good game and I was hoping all the receivers would get in the end zone. It was a challenge for us because they jumped out to an early lead and we had to fight back.

Q: How have you progressed as the season has gone on?
A: I am running my routes better and I am getting more comfortable with the playbook. I know the whole playbook now and not just what I am supposed to do. It helps me get a feel for the game. I am just working hard and it is starting to show.

Q: You had a crucial 4th down catch. Can you run us through that play?
A: Jacory told me before the play that it was coming at me. It was a quick post and I knew I had to make a critical catch to give us a chance to get 14 points before the half.

Q: How much was Jacory's and your success on Saturday related with your chemistry?
A: I do not think it was that. He used all his receivers well. I was just there on big plays for him. We were able to have a good game.

Q: What do you think of all the true freshman scoring?
A: It is amazing. It just gets the coaches to believe in us and they know they can count on us.

Q: What does it say for the future?
A: We all know the game already. We are going to have so much experience later in our careers and it is going to help us.

Q: How big was it for you to come to school early?
A: It was big. It got me used to college practices and the tempo here. It let me get ahead of some of the other freshman and it gave me a chance to get some valuable experience.

Q: Who did you grow up following as a kid?
A: I grew up watching Andre Johnson.

Q: A lot of people compare him to you.
A: (Long pause) Yeah they can do that.

Q: Have you talked to him or any of the other great WRs from Miami?
A: I have talked to Andre, Santana Moss, Reggie Wayne, and Roscoe Parrish. They tell me to keep working hard and to focus on every play.

Q: Coach Shannon says you may be a step slower than him.
A: You can say that, but by the time I leave here I will be faster than Andre Johnson.

Q: Do you have a relationship with him and what does he think of the comparisons?
A: We talk on the phone a lot. We met in my 7th grade year. He calls me his little brother. He does not really talk about the comparisons.

Q: How did you pick the number 4?
A: I tried to get number 5 because of Andre Johnson but JJ already had it. So I Just took number 4. I am going to stick with 4 though. Devin Hester is not a bad guy to follow either.

Q: How are you so good at getting position on corner backs?
A: I just use my strength and my size to my advantage. I also want to get to that ball.

Q: What did you think of Jacory's play this Saturday?
A: He played great. He really got in a rhythm. I always told him to be ready, because on any given game he could get more time and he really played well. He got more comfortable as the game went on. He came up to me after the game and thanked me.

Q: Jacory said it was just like high school? Do you feel that way?
A: Yeah it felt like that a little bit. That 4th down play felt like the last drive vs. Deerfield Beach. We got in a rhythm and it felt like last year.


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