It seems like everybody on the team likes you. What is it about you, Johnny?
"I've always got along with everybody. That's how my grandmother raised me to be like. I have a good relationship with everybody on the team."
You are so friendly. Are you mean enough to play in the SEC?
"Oh definitely, man! It's a different thing when I put my helmet on, it's a different thing."
Now, that we know you are mean enough to play in the SEC, are you small enough? Weight has been a problem for you in the past.
"They have always told me that I play well and have good footwork even with a lot of weight. But, something always tells me that it is best for me to get my weight down."
What did you weigh when you first got to State?
"I reported in at 396."
So, you've lost 63 pounds since you first got here. Has losing the 63 pounds been a slow process or has it been a recent thing?
"I started on it since last summer."
What did you weigh last summer?
"I believe I reported in at 355. Every since then, I kept trying to lose. When the season came around, I couldn't do it because I was getting a little bit weak when gameday came around. I just kept holding at that weight."
What weight does he want you to get down to?
"He wants me at 320. I want to get down to 315."
You are currently 333. How much weight have you lost this summer?
"So far, since I started, I have lost 19 pounds."
Do you feel better since you've lost your weight?
"I'm feeling much better. I feel quicker and faster."
You had a knee injury in high school. When you got to State, about the first thing you had to do is go through surgery to repair the injury. How much did that set you back as far as losing weight your true freshman year?
"It slowed me down a little bit. I could still do a couple of activities but they had to be so that it wouldn't hurt my knee."
We've talked about Johnny Wadley the football player. Talk about Johnny Wadley the person. What are things you like to do away from football?
"Pretty much hitting the books. Afterwards, I love swimming. That's a key to my weight loss. I've been swimming since I was nine years old. I try to swim every day."
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