November 6, 2009

Johnson continues to prepare

Terrell Johnson played a big role in Mississippi State's linebacking corps last season playing in 12 games and earning two starts as a redshirt freshman.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pounder has seen his playing time decrease this season but remains practicing hard as ever at practice and is second on the depth chart at sam linebacker behind K.J. Wright.

"I have to prepare myself at practice like I am the starter," Johnson said. "Coach Turner told us the difference between offense and defense is if you have three bad plays on offense you punt. If you have three bad plays on defense you are down 21 points. So every snap of every play I have to come out here and prepare like it's game time with relentless effort."

Johnson made 20 tackles in 2008 including 1.5 stops for loss but has only appeared in three games this year but has six tackles and a half tackle for loss. He admits that it has been difficult going from starter to a reserve role but is willing to do what is in the best interest of the Bulldogs.

"It's hard but at the same time I've just got to do what I've got to do to make the team better," Johnson said. "Whether that be run the scout team, I've just got to service my own teammates. I've just got to do whatever to make the team better and I'm going to do what I can."

Johnson is getting most of his work on special teams this season playing on both the kickoff and punt teams.

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