Jacob Johnson's family staying in Kevin Wilson's old home

By Robert Przybylo, Staff Writer, bprzybylo@opubco.com Modified: June 22, 2011 at 12:00 am •  Published: June 21, 2011
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

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