Player of the Game

Saturday marked the first time Robert Johnson stepped on the field as a Red Raider. He made the most out of his debut. Nine catches for 129 yards isn't bad for your first start at the Division One level.

Johnson looked as if he had played wide receiver his whole life. He looked like a blue chip receiver, not the number one JUCO quarterback in the country. After not beating out Sonny Cumbie in last year's quarterback battle, Johnson took a red shirt to clear his head and make a decision. The decision he had to make was, "Do I play receiver at Texas Tech, or do I transfer and play quarterback at another school?" I believe he made the right decision.

Johnson worked hard over the off-season and clearly grasps what it takes to be a Red Raider receiver. He did it all as a wide receiver Saturday night, catching passes over the middle, streaking down the sideline, and in the flats. He showed his great athleticism on his touchdown catch. The defensive back was holding Johnson on the far sideline when Johnson broke free and caught a 47-yard strike from Hodges. He went on to do the Red Raider leap, drawing the first un-sportsman like penalty of the year. I forgive him for this. Let me score a touchdown for the Red Raiders, and I'll show you what it means to party in the end zone. Now that Robert Johnson knows how it feels to score, hopefully he will have many more opportunities and feel less like jumping into the stands.

This is the most impressive start for a receiver that I have ever witnessed, thus garnering him the player of the week award. Here is to Robert Johnson and his continued success! Thanks for choosing to stay, and thanks for being a Red Raider!


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