This fall QB Chris Johnston will take over the reigns of the Mountain Ridge offense as a first time starter. Helping to relieve some of the pressure on Chris will be on of the states top receiving corps and a solid offensive line. 24-7 had a few minutes to chat with Chris regarding the upcoming season.
24-7: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?
Chris Johnston: I would say putting on that jersey and playing every Friday night under the lights.
24-7: What does Mt.Ridge need to do to get back to the state title game?
Chris Johnston: We need to trust each other and listen to what the coaches are teaching us.
24-7: Do you feel pressure replacing Austin Martin?
Chris Johnston: Yeah a little bit. It's tough replacing an athlete as good as Austin, but still, I have confidence in myself to get the job done like he did.
24-7: With Josh Morrow, Tony Paul and David Campbell do you see Mt.Ridge throwing the ball more this year than last year?
Chris Johnston: Definitely. But still, we will run the ball when we need to.
24-7: What is your official height and weight?
Chris Johnston: 5 ‘11 175
24-7: What is your greatest football memory?
Chris Johnston: Beating Mountain View at there own place.
24-7: What are your personal goals for the upcoming season?
Chris Johnston: To lead Mountain Ridge back to the state finals and this time win it.
24-7: How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer? Have you gone to any combines? How did you do?
Chris Johnston: This year I'm working a lot with my receivers. We go out every Sunday morning and I try to get all the timing down. Yes I have gone to a few camps and a couple combines. I did pretty well.
24-7: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
Chris Johnston: The area I needed to improve on was throwing the deep ball and all last year after football season I went out and did different drills to work on my arm strength and now I throw a reasonable distance. I need to keep improving on my mental game.
24-7: Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
Chris Johnston: Josh Morrow, Tony Paul, Dave Campbell, Kurt Keller, Spencer Ast and Matt Pickering.
24-7: Name one teammate you really respect and why?
Chris Johnston: Peter Fuzi. He is one of our centers. I've been playing with Fuzi since Pop Warner. Sophomore year Fuzi fractured the growth plate in his hip during spring ball. Junior year he tore something in his shoulder blade same day of camp just a year later. I respect him because he never gave up and now has a chance to start at center.
24-7: What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
Chris Johnston: I want to play college ball. Any college, it does not matter and I would play any position, does not matter, I just want to play.
24-7: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet? Who are your top 5?
Chris Johnston: No one is recruiting me and no offers. Top five would be: ASU, SDSU, NAU, Azusa Pacific, and U of A.
24-7: Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
Chris Johnston: Matt Clapp because that kid was all over the place at backer and was tough to bring down.
24-7: Name one team who you really respect and why?
Chris Johnston: Mountain View . They always are prepared, never talk crap to other teams. They just come out and play hard.
24-7: What other sports do you play?
Chris Johnston: Baseball
24-7: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
Chris Johnston: Bench 250, Squat 365, Clean 245, 40 4.63, Vertical 34.5.
24-7: How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
Chris Johnston: He would probably say that I'm coachable, I work hard and would never quit on my team.
24-7: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?
Chris Johnston: Peyton Manning, because he's not one of the top athletes, but he uses the mental part of the game which makes him so good.
24-7: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?
Chris Johnston: "Varsity football is just another football game, same 100 yard field, same ball and same friends that I've been playing with my whole life." -My parents.
24-7 would like to thank Chris, his family and coach Steve Belles for helping to put this interview together.