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Johnson prepared for his time in spotlight

After playing in the shadows of other Fox gridiron stars Antonio “Kentucky” Johnson finally will have his day on the field.

The senior will continue to play a dual role as a running back/safety; however, this season with the absence of current King George alumni standouts Kendall Harvey and Jordi Estes, his role in the backfield will be amplified.

The highly regarded athlete is mixture of speed, strength and power.

As the season unfolds, Fox head coach Jeff Smith will rely heavily on Johnson to shut down passing lanes, and move the first down yard markers when the occasion calls for it.

Is he a true go-to-player?

The answer will reveal itself when the gloves come off as the Foxes host crosstown rival Washington & Lee in the season opener for both teams.

Johnson was an instant hit with his teammates after moving from Fort Knox, Kentucky. As his admiration spread quickly throughout the ranks of his teammates and coaches, they began to refer to him as Kentucky. His hardcore no-nonsense approach to the game of football also placed him in the category as one of the team’s leaders.

“Kentucky is one of those kids that your want in your program, because he pushes everyone to the physical limits,” Smith said. “Whether its an hour or two hours and 55 minutes, he is always doing his best.”

As the Foxes begin the process of uilding team chemistry, Johnson undoubtedly will lead the way as the team’s leader, and co-captain.

“Whether its in the weight-room or academics, Kentucky is a well-rounded athlete who leads by example,”

Smith said. “The kids follow him, because he is the heart and soul of this football team. He’s always around the football, and he’s always talking to the defense — in a nutshell he is the total package.”

Johnson has played football from the recreation level to organized football. Johnson has contributed to both the Foxes junior varsity and varsity program as a safety and running back.

Currently he is being recruited by VMI, the University of Richmond, Liberty and Appalachian State University. He aspires to major in international relations, with the goal of becoming an intelligence analyst.

Leonard Banks
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