July 25, 2006

Johnson has big shoes to fill

Georgia will have a new look at safety again this season for the third time in three seasons. The team will need someone to step up and take over the safety spot left open by Greg Blue. With Blue's departure, Tra Battle is the only returning from the 2005 squad. With only Battle remaining, the team will look to junior safety Kelin Johnson to fill the free safety position.


Johnson has started one game in his career, but has played in 25 games in the last two seasons for the Dawgs. His biggest game came in the 2004 62-17 blowout of Kentucky where he had his first career interception off Shane Boyd as well as five tackles. Johnson registered 13 total tackles last season in backup duty, but started against Kentucky.


Johnson said recently he "is ready to show Georgia fans and Coach Richt what he can do" and make the leap to starter. The young safety is hoping to be the next breakout star following in the shoes of Jermaine Phillips, Terreal Bierria, Sean Jones, and Thomas Davis.


Johnson holds these names in high regard saying "seeing those guys have success makes me push myself harder. Coach (Willie) Martinez speaks of them often to encourage us to play harder."

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