Lakewood QB Tracy Johnson, No. 31 in the HomeTeam 100 (see Nos. 31-40 here), has some unfinished business in his final season.
2011 stats: 2,220 yards passing, 24 TDs, five INTs
The breakdown: Tracy Johnson spent the offseason like most heartbroken quarterbacks of a team that started 6-0 and finished 6-4:
Throwing a football. Every day. Over and over.
He isn’t looking to throw for more yards, or more touchdowns in 2012, though he probably will. He’s simply looking to finish stronger.
“I don’t care what my stats are,’’ Johnson said. “At the end of the day, I just wanna be 15-0 with a ring on my finger.’’
To do that, Johnson has been trying to lead his team by example. He is dedicated to making his teammates better. He’s ready to direct what promises to be an explosive offense.
“This is probably the hardest we’ve worked since I’ve been in high school,’’ the senior said. “Last year, we just looked forward to Jesuit and Robinson, and after (losing to both), we fell off. We thought we were good but the reality was we weren’t.’’
Johnson, who has a Florida Atlantic offer, opened last season with four touchdown passes in each of the first three games. He boasts a better, more seasoned group of receivers —- Rodney Adams, Marquez Valdes, Joc Ellison — to throw to this season.
“Having receivers like that, it’s like walking into a candy store with your eyes closed and just picking any candy you want,’’ he said.
With colleges watching and deciding whether to offer, he would like to duplicate that quick start.
But he knows that 2012 is all about the finish.
Watch highlight video of Johnson on Hudl here.