Texas Longhorns: When Will Daje Johnson Return?

By Marian Hinton
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During the first game of the season, Texas Longhorns sophomore running back/wide receiver Daje Johnson put on a show. Johnston, whom fans had been clamoring to see more of since they caught brief glimpses of his explosiveness last season, finished the game with 129 yards of total offense, adding two touchdowns. However, in just the first quarter of the Longhorns’ match-up with the BYU, Johnson suffered a high ankle sprain, sidelining him for the next two weeks and tempering expectations for the Longhorn offense.

Yesterday, Daje practiced for the first time since his injury, leading many to believe that the young playmaker could be back for the Longhorns’ Thursday night road game against the Iowa State Cyclones next week

In Johnson’s absence, fellow sophomores Kendall Sanders and Marcus Johnson stepped up in the passing game, leading the Horns in yards receiving in the team’s victory over the Kansas State Wildcats. On the ground, Johnathan Gray has led the way, racking up over 320 yards rushing in the last three games.

Nevertheless, there is no doubt that this offense is simply better with Daje Johnson on the field.

Averaging over 14 yards per play, he is a home-run threat every time he touches the ball, and when the ball isn’t in his hands, his presence on the field opens things up for the team’s other offensive weapons.

Though he hasn’t yet been officially cleared to play, it is believed that  Johnson will be on the field when the team heads up to Ames, Iowa to take on the Cyclones next Thursday night. Fans are hoping he can pick up where he left off; after all, a team can never have too many playmakers.


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