Houston Texans Interested In Former Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson

By Jeff Shull

The Texans might try and bring a home grown Texas boy to their team by drafting Texas A&M QB Jerrod Johnson in the April draft. They sent QB coach Greg Knapp to A&M’s Pro Day.

The former Aggie had an unfortunate end to his hyped up career. Prior to the 2009 season you wouldn’t hear his name outside of College Station, but that season he put up such incredible numbers, he was placed on the 2010 Heisman preseason watch list.

Johnson had shoulder surgery in the off season, but time and time again insisted it wouldn’t bother him. The 2010 season proved that was not the case.

He had a terrible game against Florida International in which he threw four interceptions on four straight possessions. The following week he matched that feat against Oklahoma State, throwing his fourth interception late in the fourth quarter with the game tied. It set up the game winning field goal for Okie St.

He had nine turnovers in consecutive games and it had the fans in College Station wondering what was happening to their star player.

They went on to lose the next two games; one a heart breaker to Arkansas where Johnson went 15-40 and another a blowout loss at home to the Missouri Tigers.

Johnson started the following game against Kansas, but was taken out due to the game being a blowout. His backup, Ryan Tannehill, played great in his stead.

With a tough decision on his hands, head coach Mike Sherman elected to try and turn their fortunes around and start Tannehill against Texas Tech. Tannehill set the school record for yards in a game and led the Aggies to six straight victories.

I had the pleasure to attend the Texas A&M vs. Nebraska game and watched from the sideline as Johnson burst into tears while running on to the field on Senior night. I must admit I felt bad for him and got a little teared up myself, being a former student.

This definitely wasn’t a story book ending for Johnson, who passed Reggie McNeal for just about every major passing category in Texas A&M’s record book.

Johnson has a lot to offer as an athlete, but his release and arm motion are not great fits for the NFL. Despite running an NFL pro style offense while in college, he doesn’t project well as a quarterback at the next level.

However, his body and athletic skills could make him a great wide receiver and back up QB if the Texans choose to go that route.

I would love to see Johnson in a Texans uniform, it would just feel right.



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