Today the media heard from Eddie Gran and the rest of the offense for the first time since defeating Missouri and the only time before Saturday’s game against Georgia. We heard from quite a few people, but here are the highlights:
Jeff Badet and Stephen Johnson may be our new Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis
Johnson to Badet is quickly becoming one of my new favorite things. We’ve seen the two connect on some awesome plays over the last couple weeks, including the pass against Mississippi State to put Austin MacGinnis in field goal range and another beautiful one perfectly placed in Badet’s hands for six on Saturday at Mizzou. The secret? The two of them are BFF’s. Both are agriculture economics majors, share three classes together and according to Badet, they’re together everyday. However, the friendship doesn’t come without simple reminders from Badet for Johnson to throw him the ball, something Badet denied, but Johnson confirmed.
Stephen Johnson is getting really frustrated with not being able to hit CJ Conrad
One of the more frustrating things from this season is Johnson not being able to connect with tight end, Conrad. We’ve seen them try and try again in the last few games, but Johnson is either over Conrad’s head or him bobbling the ball and losing it. Johnson said after practice the two spend extra time in practice getting in additional reps with each other to remedy that.
“He’s just so wide open, he’s such a big target for me to miss him is really not a good thing, so me and him have definitely been working on that and me being able to utilize him more in the offense and get him he ball,” Johnson said.
The plane ride back from Missouri was apparently lit
This team hasn’t had many plane rides back from road games where the atmosphere has been celebratory. Normally the plane rides back are a somber affair that Johnson uses to rest up, but this time the plane was too hype he wasn’t able to.
Badet says he’s 100% a different person since the first time he arrived on campus
Before Mississippi State, I would’ve considered throwing the ball to Badet a risk I wasn’t willing to take. But now, whenever the opposing defense is giving us the deep ball, I’d like to see Badet out there. Badet said that since coming to campus, he’s 100% a completely different person and wouldn’t recognize the guy from three years ago.
“It’s just crazy what I know now that I didn’t know before,” Badet said. “I’m just growing up.”
Darin Hinshaw believes we’re seeing a lot of progress out of Stephen Johnson
We’ve said it a billion times on this site but I’m going to say it again, Johnson isn’t the best QB out there, but he’s winning games and that’s all that matters. After practice, Hinshaw touched on the growth he’s seen out of Johnson in his six games. The coach noted that instead of taking the loss of yardage trying to find a play that isn’t there, Johnson throws the ball out of bounds still leaving them with a chance to set up a big play. Also, Hinshaw bragged that Johnson has a good relationship with all his offense, something a quarterback needs to have in order to manage his offense efficiently, which he’s doing.