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Johnson a regular on FSU's sideline

10/29/2012

There isn't too much room to doubt De'Andre Johnson's commitment to Florida State.

Perhaps more than any other player, committed or not in any classification, the 2015 quarterback has been on the sidelines and on campus of Florida State all fall long. Saturday was no different, of course.

Taking in the lopsided win over Duke, Johnson was happy to see how the Seminoles offense wasted little time in dismissing the then-ACC Coastal Division leaders.

"The game was great," he said. "From the snap of the ball, the offense came out clicking really early led by EJ [Manuel], Devonta Freeman and Tyler Hunter."

Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast) doesn't have too much time to interact with the coaching staff on game days. Those conversations usually occur earlier in the week, and consistently at that.

"Before every game, or every Thursday night, I call Coach Craig and we have a great conversation," Johnson said. "They like me coming to the games and seeing the players. It is good to see the chemistry and the atmosphere. When it is my time to come, I will be ready to step in and won't be a stranger."

For as enthusiastic as Johnson is regarding the Seminoles, he's equally wrapped up in leading his First Coast squad to further glory. He's improved from a year ago when he initially burst onto the scene, but there are more goals left in front of him.

"My season is going great. I feel like I am playing a lot better than I played last year. I am really focusing on being the best leader that I can be," he said.

"We have two more games left. We want to get off to a quick start and go into the playoffs on a roll."

Johnson and his Buccaneers teammates, finished runner-up in Florida's Class 7A a year ago. Getting redemption this time around would have some extra special meaning attached.

"It would mean a lot," he said. After that game last year, I said that we will be back. I am just focusing on doing my part to get us back because it would mean a lot. Hopefully we can get back there and come out victorious."