Defensive Line Coach Larry Johnson Sr.

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    LARRY JOHNSON
    • On the pass rush: "We have to win one-on-ones."
    • On Tyleik Williams: "He's been a work in progress. He came in really heavy." Johnson says he had to lose a lot of weight.
    • On his responsibilities changing since last week, Johnson says he "puts the game plan together" for the defense now.
    • Johnson says Zach Harrison is doing well after missing the Tulsa game, and J.T. Tuimoloau is being brought along slow because he's a freshman.
    • On why J.T. has played more than Sawyer: "J.T.'s a bigger guys, he's 270." Johnson says J.T. possesses power, while Sawyer is more of a "finesse player." Johnson says he's careful to put young players in the game in a situation where they could make a mistake that could "haunt them for a while."
    • On not many players grading out as champions, Johnson says a lot of guys were close, but he "wanted to see more."
    • Johnson says Tyleik Williams stands out as a player that's going to see more time moving forward. Johnson says Ty Hamilton is coming on strong as well.
    • On getting more pressure: "We've gotta get it done and it starts with me."
    • Larry Johnson says his linemen can't just try to bull rush a guy for the entire game and have success rushing the passer.
    • On Haskell Garrett and Taron Vincent playing at the same time: "When you do that, you really kind of change the flavor up front."
    • Johnson says the depth of his group is what is allowing several freshmen to get on the field and make plays despite there being a lot of veterans in the bunch as well.
    • Johnson says Tyleik Williams was 270-280 pounds in high school, but blew up to over 300 pounds due to the pandemic.
    • Johnson says the same level of top-end talent is still present in his group, but that it will take more time to develop.
    • On Tyreke Smith, Johnson says he plays really hard and runs sideline-to-sideline "pretty much every play," and that he is working on figuring out why he isn't getting home for sacks right now.
     
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    LARRY JOHNSON

    ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE AGAINST PURDUE
    • Johnson wants "I think that's the key, any time you have a quarterback that throws a lot."
    • "Our job is to affect him."
    • Johnson notes you don't necessarily have to get a sack to affect a pass.
    ON THE DEFENSIVE LINE ROTATION
    • "That's the key to this thing."
    • "We've probably played more players since I've been here."
    • Johnson said this defensive line is fresher than it's ever been at this point in the season.
    • "We're not just rotating, we're rotating for a reason."
    • Johnson says they rotate for fatigue and to take advantage of skill sets.
    ON THE BLEND OF VETERAN AND YOUNG TALENT
    • "They're really close."
    • "The older guys are rooting for the younger guys."
    • Johnson says a lot of times the older guys get even more excited than the younger guys when the younger guys make a big play.
    ON THE SECONDARY AND DEFENSIVE LINE WORKING TOGETHER
    • "People want to give credit to the d-line, but really it's the secondary."
    • "If you've got good coverage, it gives us another half a second to get there."
    • "I think that's the key to how you stop a great quarterback."
     
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    Larry Johnson on choosing not to swear: "My curse word is Santa Clause. My players know when I say Santa Clause, I’m really mad."
     
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