Stoops anxious to see how Stephen Johnson bounces back

Stoops anxious to see how Stephen Johnson bounces back

Drew Franklinabout 5 years


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[caption id="attachment_208277" align="alignnone" width="700"]Mark Zerof | USA Today Mark Zerof | USA Today[/caption] On today's SEC coaches teleconference, Mark Stoops was asked about Stephen Johnson, his fumble-prone starting quarterback, who has more fumbles than anyone in the Southeastern Conference and ranks second in that category nationwide. Coach Stoops said, "I think Stephen’s very resilient. I knew he was when we recruited him. He has great poise. But that doesn’t mean that he can’t be affected because certainly great defenses in hostile environments have a tendency to affect all quarterbacks for the most part. So, I think how he responds, how he bounces back this week, will be a big indicator for him as he moves forward. I’m anxious to see it." Stoops also said he is very confident Johnson will respond with adversity and that the first-year Wildcat put his three-fumble game in Tuscaloosa behind him. Stoops believes the offense will get back to playing good football, as it has done at times in 2016. This is a game where a turnover here or a turnover there will likely make the difference in the outcome.

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