August 19, 2006

Johnson has some catching up to do

The biggest story from Kansas State's open practice session on Saturday had nothing to do with the ongoing battle at quarterback but instead revolved around the first public appearance of running back James Johnson as a member of the Wildcat football program.

Johnson, who spent more time answering questions from reporters after practice than he did taking handoffs during the workout, officially joined the program earlier this week with hopes of challenging for immediate playing time.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Johnson spent much of the day being tutored individually by running backs coach Tim Horton while watching the likes of Thomas Clayton, Carlos Alsup and Donnie Anders take most of the reps as Johnson continues to acclimate himself to the K-State program.

"It's going pretty good, I'm just trying to learn the plays. The coaches are helping me out on that," Johnson, who was rated as a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, said. "It will be good. I come in early every day for meetings to try and catch up on plays so I can catch up with the other guys."

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