Who better to get you ready for the Louisville game than Mr. “I love this sh*t” himself, Stephen Johnson? The former Kentucky quarterback called into today’s show to talk about his memories of the Governor’s Cup, specifically that win three years ago.
What was going through Johnson’s mind as he looked at the Louisville defense before firing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Garrett Johnson?
“It was actually a couple things,” he said. “One was just how loud the stadium was. It was louder than anything I had experienced before. It was just incredible and that type of environment is just something I love to be in, where everything was against us, crowd noise is insane, people chanting all these hateful things at you. That’s just stuff that got me hyped up. And breaking the huddle, seeing the defense that Coach Gran and Coach Hinshaw said they were going to be in, knowing that they they were going to be in, I was just excited to know if I had a little bit of time, I was going to get to hit that inside post or that outside post. Ultimately, it was the inside post that I went for for a big touchdown.”
After transferring to Kentucky from College of the Desert, Johnson quickly became aware of the importance of the rivalry.
“You could do anything, you could lose eleven games, but that twelfth game, you better not lose to those guys. So, hearing that, that became a big deal and set me up to know that is the game to win right there.”
What does Johnson think of Lynn Bowden, his former teammate and wide receiver, playing quarterback this season? To paraphrase, he loves that sh*t.
“It’s definitely unconventional but I love it. I love it to death. I love Lynn to death. That kid is one of the hardest working guys that I know and to see his growth from the first year that he got there to now is just incredible. He’s really kind of put the team on his back and the guys on the team recognize that and understand that and are willing to follow him into any type of war zone that he leads them into it.”
“This team is incredible,” Johnson continued. “The different feats that they’ve had to overcome, but that just goes to show the type of leadership that they have and if I’ve said it once, I’ll say it a million times more: guys want to follow Coach Stoops. He’s one of the greatest coaches on the face of this Earth and he’s got a great coaching staff around him. The guys on the team understand that and recognize that and just like how they want to follow Lynn, they want to follow Coach Stoops and do everything that they can to make sure that he’s there and he gets everything that he deserves because he’s such a great guy and such a great leader.”
Listen to Johnson’s complete interview below.