“It’s hard to play offensive line in this offense and never get on the ground,” he said.
He is holding Thomas, a rising senior and already a two-time captain, accountable to provide energy to the offense.
“Somebody’s going to have to step up and be a leader,” he said. “When we get Freddie back, we’ll have two seniors (on the first-team offense). We’ll have him and the quarterback. The quarterback’s got to bring the energy.”
Thomas agreed with his coach to a point.
“There was some energy and there wasn’t some energy at times,” he said. “It kind of gets to the point where, at the end of spring, you’ve got to try to find the energy. I think we had a few good drives and we’ve just got to stay more consistent.”
Johnson was asked if the offense’s shortcomings were perhaps a reflection of the defense’s progress.
“I hope,” he said. “We’ll see.”