Coach Brad Beller wasn’t the only person who is a part of the Washington football program to be affected by the May 24 tornadoes. Jacob Johnson, Jr., DL Though it hasn’t been easy for the Johnsons, the family received a blessing from an unusual source: Kevin Wilson. The former Oklahoma offensive coordinator and now Indiana head coach got word of what happened to the family and is letting them stay at his old place until things are decided. “He called my dad after hearing about what happened,” Johnson said. Wilson’s connection came from Jacob’s older brother, Zach. An offensive lineman, Zach Johnson just graduated from Norman and has signed to play at Houston. It was the Houston coaching staff that informed Wilson about what occurred. Johnson said the family is going to build in the exact same spot, though the house won’t be nearly the same. The Johnsons had a two-story house, but with Zach graduating, Jacob said the plan is for a one-story place. Jacob Johnson was in a cellar with his family in the garage when the tornado hit. “Speechless, couldn’t say anything,” Johnson said. “When we went down to the cellar, we had a house. When we came back up, we didn’t.” And the hurt is lingering just a little bit more for Johnson. The team has used football as a way to cope and bond together, but Johnson has been injured this summer and unable to participate. “I hope I get cleared soon so I can join my teammates again. It can’t happen soon enough,” Johnson said. Bo Nixon, So., WR/CB Nixon’s not sure how to describe the last few weeks. He said the best way would be “confusing.” Nixon was working with his dad when they received the message about how destructive the storms were going to be. The Nixons went to a church and stayed there until the storm had left. “All I could think initially was ‘why?’” Nixon said. “But I know that God works in mysterious ways.” The Nixon family is renting a house in Goldsby until everything is squared away. And though his family was going through a rough ordeal of its own, Nixon said he definitely wanted to be there for Beller. “Coach Beller has helped me so much since coming here,” Nixon said. “It’s made us a lot closer, and he’s the biggest influence in my life.” Brandon Benson, Jr., WR The Bensons and three other families huddled in the basement of the Bensons’ house and waited out the storm. The tornado didn’t completely destroy the house, but it did such severe damage to the roof that the house has been deemed unlivable. Benson is still trying to wrap his head around what happened. “I’m not really sure,” Benson said when asked what he’s learned about himself in the last month. “I don’t know. It’s not fun right now, and we’re just doing the best we can.” The Benson family is currently staying in a fifth wheel RV.