It's JJ Time!

For three years, Jeremiah Johnson has waited his turn. He never complained even after a knee injury took him out of the lineup last season. Johnson always knew that at some point it would be his time. In just under two weeks Johnson and his Oregon Duck teammates will start the 2008 football season, and for the speedy running back, it couldn't come soon enough.

Jeremiah Johnson has been an important part of the Oregon' scheme over the last three years. Even though his good friend and former teammate Jonathan Stewart has moved on to the NFL, no one that knows anything about the Pac-10 is discounting the Oregon running game this year -- the Ducks and Johnson are back, ready to pick up where they left off last season.

Last season the Ducks were the conference leaders in scoring (38.2 ppg) rushing (251.7 ypg) total offense (467.5 ypg) and turnover margin (plus 9). Johnson was a strong contributor to those statistics until he was knocked out of action against Washington State. For the 2007 season, Johnson had a net 344 yards in six games on 54 carries for a 6.4-yard average or 57.3 yards per game. He scored five rushing touchdowns and often leveled potential tacklers with some memorable stiff arms. Jeremiah also had seven pass receptions for 98 yards and a score.

This year Johnson is the focal point of the offense and he knows that there will be some extra pressure on him. However, if he is feeling the heat you'd never know it and his infectious smile puts everyone around him at ease.

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