College of the Desert QB Stephen Johnson is having a monster 2015 season

College of the Desert QB Stephen Johnson (6-4, 195) is having a monster 2015 season and with his gaudy numbers, four-year schools are taking notice...

"I don't have any offers yet, but I have talked to a few schools so far who are interested in me," Stephen Johnson told JCFootball.com recently. "Oregon is after me and Washington called and got my transcripts back in September, but I haven't heard back from them yet.

"Utah State, UNLV and Louisiana-Monroe are also talking to me right now, but none of those schools have offered me yet."

So far this season, Johnson has put up huge numbers for the Roadrunners, going 138 of 239 (57.7%) for 1,607 yards with 14 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Over the past three weeks, he's been named the So Cal JUCO Offensive Player of the Week while throwing for nearly 1,000 yards and leading his team to a 2-1 record over those three games.

"I consider myself a pocket passer who has the ability to run when he needs to," Johnson, who has 210 yards and three touchdowns rushing this season, said. "I have a strong arm and I can make all of the throws and, probably the biggest thing, I am smart with the ball. I can usually read the defense and know where I am going to go with the ball before the snap most of the time."

As a prep, Johnson was a standout passer for Los Osos High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California and he was good enough to get an offer from Grambling State.

Once he got to campus, he redshirted and then as a redshirt freshman in 2014 he started the first four games, but an injury doomed him to the bench for the rest of the season.

"I got a high ankle sprain and when I was ready to come back a couple of games later, the coaches basically had given the job to my backup and they said I wasn't going to start again," Johnson said. "I talked things over with my family and some coaches I know and we just felt it was better to come back home and come here to Desert.

"I think they are building something here and I wanted to be part of that, so it was a good opportunity for me to come back and play and try and get back to a four-year school."

Once he arrived at COD, Johnson got right to work.

"Coach Steve Calhoun and I really worked a lot on my mechanics and my footwork this summer," Johnson said. "When I went to Grambling State, I lose almost all of my fundamentals and mechanics, so I needed to get those right and I think I am getting there."

Johnson is working hard to finish up his academic work this quarter so that he can sign with a school in December. He will have two years to play two following the completion of the 2015 football season.


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