SMU wide receiver La'Cori Johnson has had an interesting journey just to get to competing in seven on seven drills as he was last week.
The senior appeared in all 12 games last season, including a four tackle performance in the Homecoming game against Rice, yet was moved to the opposite side of the ball this past spring with the arrival of new head coach June Jones.
The same spring he tore his patella which required surgery in March and three months of rehab.
Yet there was Johnson participating in summer workouts Thursday when he told PonyStampede.com he was 100 percent healthy. And he could not be happier to be there.
"I like being out here with my guys," he said. "I worked hard in rehab to get out here quicker. It's where I'm supposed to be."
That was particularly apparent Friday as Johnson had his teammates and bystanders in stitches with his endless joking.
On one play the senior stepped out of bounds before missing a near touchdown pass sent his direction. His explanation: "I got caught up because I was beating him so bad," he said of his freshman defender. "I was going to get a sip of water then come back and catch the ball but got caught up."
Johnson said that easygoing attitude is not just limited to him. Everyone is having fun according to the receiver. "People seem like they want to be out her more," he said.
That is not, however, the only difference in workouts this year. The senior said Jones and his coaching staff are focusing on technique which had been a weakness of the team in the past.
That is one of many reasons the senior, after a complicated road to where he is now, has one simple expectation for the upcoming season. "Winning," he said. "A lot of winning—a lot of winning."