Johnson leads Team Tennessee to nationals

Memphis Briarcrest quarterback Michael Johnson got a big opportunity this past weekend. He got the chance to throw to more speed than he ever has, and he also got the chance to lead his team to the Badger 7-on-7 Tourney Finals. Go "Inside" to see what Johnson had to say about this past weekend's action.

One Tennessee prospect got the chance of a lifetime this past weekend at the Badger 7-on-7 Regional Tournament held in Tuscaloosa last weekend.

As a quarterback getting the opportunity to throw to some of the best athletes his area has to offer, Memphis Briarcrest quarterback Michael Johnson was like a kid in a candy store.

Not only did he get to throw to some of the fastest wide receivers he has ever seen, he got the chance to lead his team to the National Tournament that will be held the Fourth of July weekend again in Tuscaloosa.

"I had a great time," Johnson told "We lost a lot of games the first day of pool play. We bounced back and got better each game and played in the finals. Improving the way we did shows a lot about this team."

Johnson admitted that it was an adjustment to get used to all the speed that he had this past weekend on his team.

"I have never seen so much speed in my life," Johnson said with a laugh. "I love it, though. I wished I had this much speed on my Briarcrest Christian School team."

After losing a few games on Saturday, it apparently made the Tennessee team a little hungrier.

"We wanted to prove that we were a lot better team than we showed on Saturday," Johnson said. "We got better in every game. Getting to the finals of the tournament was a big lift for this squad."

Team Tennessee, led by Coach Byron Devinner, had only two practices together before they hit the field Saturday.

Devinner was impressed with Johnson's play and leadership this past weekend.

"He improved so much from game one to the final game," Devinner said. "He had a hard time reading defenses when we first got started. He definitely wasn't used to this much speed. He is a good quarterback and has a chance to be a great one. This tournament really helped open his eyes."

Johnson currently holds no offers but feels that some could be coming in the near future.

"A lot of college coaches will be coming by this spring," Johnson said. "Today was the first day of spring. (The) Memphis QB coach was here today."


Great height, good size. Has a good touch on his throws. Needs to work on upper body strength. Needs to work on reading defenses a lot more.

Johnson has a big up-side, accuracy seems to be a big strength of his. Gained a lot of confidence in himself and his throwing in just three days, and he will gain a lot more this summer and fall.

I definitely feel that Johnson has what it takes to be a DI quarterback, how far he goes will be up to him and how hard he works this summer and fall.

He had a few issues with timing this past weekend, a lot of that had to do with the level of competition he is used to playing with. He definitely wasn't used to throwing to that much speed, and the impressive part is that he got better every game and led his team to the finals and a national tourney berth.

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