“Some real good athletes. They’re big and fast and explosive. They create a lot of negative plays and a lot of turnovers, but they’ve got some really talented people up there up front and a lot of them have played. Their three linebackers are, probably as a group, as good or better than anybody in the league.”
3. Johnson offered an insight into what has impressed him most about quarterback Marshall thus far.
“I think that just the moment hasn’t gotten too big for him. That’s the one thing I worried about, especially in the first game, getting starry eyed. For the most part, he’s kept his composure really well and has gone about it. Now, it’s going to heat up. It’s his first road game, too. I think he’s a pretty confident kid, works hard, wants to get better, so hopefully we’ll continue to see improvement.”
4. Johnson spoke slightly tempered praise of Richt, who he'll face for a 10th time Saturday, eight times while at Georgia and now the second at Miami. Johnson is 2-7 against Richt.
“Mark’s a good coach. There’s no question. If you look at his results, he’s had good results wherever he’s been. He’s also managed to coach at some places where there were pretty good players. But I think if you look at his record, he’s had an outstanding career, no question about it.”
5. Johnson was asked what kind of practice team this team has been. His evaluation of how this team has practiced – which can be a barometer of the team's determination – included a nudge to the scout teams.
“OK. So much of practice also revolves around scout team, too. We can pick it up there a little bit. But in fall camp and at times, they’ve been OK practice-wise. I wouldn’t say they’re great, but they’re not bad.”