Washington RB Johnson ‘all set to rock and roll’
Pete Thamel, ESPNJan 6, 2024, 02:18 PM ET
HOUSTON– Star Washington tailback Dillon Johnson has actually been limited in practice today after suffering numerous injuries at the end of the Allstate Sugar Bowl, however he said he is “prepared to rock and roll” for Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship game versus Michigan.Johnson acknowledged he will not be 100 percent for the game–” doubt it “– and stated he has been dealing with numerous injuries. In the final minute of the Sugar Bowl, Texas protective lineman Alfred Collins dragged him to the ground, and Johnson both bruised his left knee and intensified a lingering right foot injury.”However it’s all excellent, “Johnson stated.”I’ll be prepared to rock and roll
and offer whatever my group needs. I’ll be ready to do it.”Editor’s Picks 2 Related Asked if he has actually been a complete individual in
practice, Johnson said:” Something like that, but I was doing as much as I could.”Johnson has actually been one of the nation’s most efficient tailbacks in the latter part of the season
, as he has the second-most backyards of any running back since Week 9. He enters the match with Michigan on Monday with 1,162 backyards, 16 touchdowns and an average of 5.2 backyards per carry.Washington offending planner Ryan Grubb said he anticipates Johnson to be totally offered Monday night.” I do not believe he’s going
to be restricted, truthfully,”Grubb said.Grubb added:” He’s done a terrific job the last couple days where really we were more anxious about his foot at first, and now he’s actually feeling good. The other day he was able get out there and move around. Therefore I believe today he’ll take another step of practice.” Johnson initially hurt his best foot against Oregon State on Nov. 18 and has been handling that through the later part of the season. He declined to define the injury.Washington coach Kalen DeBoer stated
he anticipates the Huskies to utilize Johnson completely capability and that he will be kept an eye on as the game goes on. “Since right now, yes,”DeBoer said about his expectations of completely using Johnson.”Clearly as you go through the game, you simply adjust, however that’s how it’s been with him.
“Johnson’s injury played an essential tactical role in the Texas game. He was injured so terribly– both the knee and the foot– that he couldn’t get up and the clock had
to stop. That conserved more than 30 seconds for Texas, which pushed into the red zone but couldn’t cash in the winning score in Washington’s 37-31 win. Johnson was later on drawn from the field in a cart.”I’ve never ever been on the field and not been able to get up, “Johnson said.”So it was absolutely a scary scenario, one that I’ve never remained in, and it drew due to the fact that I understood … [I wasn’t] indicating to harm the team, but there definitely would’ve took a lot of time off the clock … so we gave them another drive and I dislike that occurring, but we brought out the win some method, somehow.”Running backs coach Lee Marks called Johnson”among the most violent and old-school running backs we’ve seen in a long time.”Marks said he expects to see that power Monday
.”Dillon expects to be full go, which’s what I expect out him,” Marks said.”Clearly he’s sensation as good as you can be for any running back. After each game, it feels like an auto accident.
… So ideally, God ready, Dillon continues to hit on all cylinders, so that’s what we expect.”