Johnson working hard to get back to business

The Washington Huskies are predicted to have one of the top offenses in 2010. Even with such high expectations set on them, the mentality of team has never been more noticeable. It's come out in the way the team has practiced and the way the team has scrimmaged so far during 'Camp Sark', UW's fall camp. They've hit the ground running and appear to be that much further ahead from last year.

"You know I just want to win. I want to do whatever I have to do to help our team win. That's the most important thing," said sophomore wide receiver James Johnson. With that statement, Johnson seems to exemplify the mantra of the 2010 Washington Huskies Football team.

Being one of a handful of true freshmen to play in 2009, Johnson ended his first year at UW with 39 receptions for 422 yards. In fact, his first catch just happened to be a 17-yard touchdown against LSU. Being an obvious threat so early in the season caused defenses to be more aware of this new-found weapon for Huskies' quarterback Jake Locker. As these defenses started to key in on Johnson's game, his game started to plateau. This seemed to be due to some injuries he had during the season, but he was able to regroup in time to finish 2009 strong.

For the 2010 season, Johnson is ready and working hard every step of the way. He has had a big off season on the field and in the weight room, and the coaches have noticed. "James has grown a lot," wide receiver coach, Jimmie Dougherty said, "[He] had a good spring and then had a great summer, as well, getting his body right, getting his body healthy again and he's working really hard right now, I'm really pleased at where he's at."

A recent ankle injury this week has put a little bit of a damper on Johnson's progress, but he's doing everything he can to make sure he gets back on the field as soon as possible.

Johnson, who was named to The Sporting News' freshman All-Pac-10 team last season, expects be an evident competitor for the Washington Huskies' strong wide receiver corps that includes juniors Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, and senior D'Andre Goodwin. These key players averaged about 200 yards per game combined in the 2009 season, and those numbers should improve this upcoming year due to their hard work, as well as Locker's expected improvement in the accuracy department.

Dougherty is very impressed by his group and their appreciation for one another. "Those guys really help each other out. They genuinely want the other guys to do well and are happy for each other's success. I mean I've really never seen anything like it," stated Dougherty, when asked how the cohesiveness was with his group. "They have a great chemistry and a respect for each other." Top Stories