Spring Report: Justin Johnson

Justin Johnson has now been in the Oklahoma program for over a year so he was now a player that was for the first time allowed access to talk with the media and catch everyone up on how he has been progressing.

Justin Johnson had an interesting first year at OU. He enrolled early and contributed on a team that played in the BCS National Championship Game.

"It's going great," Johnson responded when asked how things were going. "I am starting to pick up all of the plays and getting it down and its going great."

"It was exciting playing as a freshman. Especially coming from a small town and getting to get in there and get some experience."

Johnson did not get a whole lot of carries in '08, but he was a contributor on special teams, a unit that drew a lot of criticism at times.

"At practice they were emphasizing all of the small little things we weren't doing right," explained Johnson of how the coaches tried to deal with some of the special teams inconsistencies.

"We know special teams wins games and that is why they push us so much and that is why they are on us all of the time about it. Guys don't like to be on it, but it wins you games and it gets you on the field."

Johnson believes he is already noticing a difference in the way the special teams are performing.

"I have seen a big difference from just last year and this year in spring ball," Johnson acknowledged. "Guys are paying more attention and they are taking it more seriously."

Johnson is still chomping at the bit to get some more action out of the backfield.

"The toughest thing is still being behind some great guys," admitted Johnson. "I got to wait my time."

"I am going to go out there everyday and go hard and learn from those guys. They know the game. They know what they are doing. They have experience. I am getting there and hopefully I will be in that position pretty soon."

"DeMarco and Chris Brown are two great backs. They are two great look up to and two great guys to have in front of you. I look at them and I feed off of them and I learn from them."

The competition will not stop there as Johnson will be in competition with Jermie Calhoun throughout the rest of his Sooner career.

He says he is not too concerned with how it will play out as the two players have become close – like teammates Murray and Brown.

"We feed off each other," Johnson stated when asked about his relationship with Calhoun.

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