“Trey Metoyer has the best hands on the team, that's why every play I'm trying to go against him, trying to get myself better, get myself reps with an opponent like that, if I ever face one like that,” Johnson said.
Johnson sat out last season after transferring from Arizona. He's expected to start opposite senior Aaron Colvin at cornerback to begin the season.
NDULUE PACKING ON POUNDS
Junior Chuka Ndulue spent the spring and summer adding weight he'll need to transition from playing defensive end to defensive tackle.
“Oh man, I feel fat,” Ndulue said with a laugh after practice Tuesday. “But it feels kind of good, though because I get to eat a lot and build it up. My mom hasn't seen me in about four months, so she's kind of going to be shocked. The last time she saw me, I was 256 (pounds), so it's going to be funny.”
Ndulue moved to tackle just before spring practices began because of a severe lack of depth at the position. He played in all 13 games last season at defensive end, starting 10, and led the team with five sacks.
Stoops on the quarterbacks' comfort level in early fall practices:
“I'm sitting back there paying attention to it, and I can see them processing every play and the ramifications of what they did and didn't do, but that's natural. That's why you just keep snapping it and snapping it, and hopefully you get them more and more comfortable with what you want them to do.”