The Texas Longhorns simply haven’t had the season they hoped for heading into the 2014 campaign. Injuries, suspensions and miscues have led to the 2-2 start, but things are looking up as suspended wide receiver Daje Johnson will return to the field today against the no. 7 Baylor Bears. The Longhorns need all the help they can get to compete with a high-octane Bears offense that is ranked first in the nation.
A season ago Johnson was fourth on the team with 24 receptions totaling 178 yards. Johnson’s role was expected to expand in 2014 before head coach Charlie Strong suspended Johnson for the first four games. Johnson was one of many players to be disciplined by Strong, who is rebuilding the Longhorns program by instilling a new mentality that prioritizes responsibility and commitment.
It was not only his hands that earned him a spot on the field, but his ability to run the football as well. The do-it-all receiver also rushed the ball 24 times for 140 yards while contributing in the return game as well.
The Longhorns’ Twitter account broke the positive news.
“It’s official. Daje Johnson is cleared and will play for the first time this season,” they tweeted.
Johnson’s suspension remains a mystery to most as the basis remains undisclosed. Hopefully, Johnson will be able to put past mistakes behind him and make an instant impact for a Longhorns offense that has struggled at times to score points.
*Section Photo credit to Amarillo Globe News; Featured Photo (above) credit to John Rieger, USA Today Sports