One-on-One with: Richard Johnson

Oct. 20, 2010

Kansas junior Richard Johnson has put in his time, and has earned a starting spot on the defensive line this season. The junior, while not the size as the prototypical interior lineman, has made 23 tackles this season – which leads all Jayhawk defensive linemen.

Johnson sat down with during the weekly press conference at Mrkonic Auditorium.

On the biggest thing he has learned about the team this year:

“The biggest thing I have learned about my football team this year would have to be how together we are. No one is really pointing fingers or anything. We are just coming together as a team.”

On what he will look to build on the second half of the season:

“We just have to come out here every day and work to get better and get some W’s on the scoreboard.”

On his cousin’s (former Jayhawk Eric Galbreath) influence to attend Kansas:

“It was a little bit. It was kind of where my family talked about it and it is kind of cool to follow in his footsteps a little bit.”

On keeping in contact with his cousin:

“I haven’t talked to him in awhile but I need to reconnect with him.”

On his personal goals to finish the season:

“I would probably say just get as many tackles as I can and try to get on the stat board.”

On his decision to attend Kansas:

“It was a really cool environment. I liked how the coaches and players were really close-knit, so I just got along with them well.”

Are you pleased with what Coach Gill has brought here?

“Yes, he has brought a positive attitude here and he is doing the right thing here.”

On his plans after graduation:

“I really want to go into coaching.”

On what the defensive line needs to improve on:

“We are just coming in here every day working on our hands. That is the main thing.”

On his pregame routine:

“(I don’t really have one) I just tape my wrists and listen to some music. Get hyped.”

On what he focuses on during practice:

“I really just focus on the game plan as well as what we need to do as a defensive line specifically.”