JUWAN JOHNSON, A BRIGHT SPOT IN THIS OREGON OFFENSE – Johnson Proving to Be a Valuable Weapon With His Three Touchdowns and 106 Receiving Yards vs USC
We all knew grad transfer Juwan Johnson could play.
It was just a matter of time after sustaining an early season calf injury and weeks of rehab.
Against USC Saturday evening Johnson showed Oregon fans and the college football community just how talented he is turning in a performance of 7 catches for 106 yards and three touchdowns.
Not only is Johnson quickly becoming a huge weapon in this Oregon offense, but he’s also becoming one of Justin Herbert’s primary targets.
“Thanking God, ultimately, that’s all I have to do,” Johnson said after the game when asked about playing completely healthy.
“He’s brought me so far in this whole way,… and all that I’ve been through throughout this whole year has been tough, but it’s been adventurous and it’s been awesome. All I can do is smile at the end of the day. I can never get mad at the process or be upset because this is what I was made to do.”
He certainly is made to play football.
In red zone situations, Johnson is a difficult cover for any safety or cornerback. At 6’6 and with his speed, Johnson simply is a mismatch nightmare for any defensive coordinator.
“He’s a guy that makes plays and coming off an injury, he’s a guy that I knew would step up big,” said Herbert.
“I don’t think the public has quite seen his best yet. We knew all along that he’s going to be special.”
With just three games to play in the regular season and a spot in the Pac-12 championship game, Johnson is proving why he was so widely recognized as a top tier receiver when he choose Oregon and why defenses are now being forced to game plan for his position in this Duck offense.
“It’s great to see him healthy and playing at his potential,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said.
“You saw how special he can be and the things that he does. He had himself a great game.”
POST GAME WITH OREGON RECEIVER JUWAN JOHNSON