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Meyer wouldn't let Johnson fail

Updated: January 1, 2005, 2:26 AM ET
By Ryan Hockensmith | ESPN The Magazine

TEMPE, Ariz. -- He could have rotted in that jail cell. Could have sat there, rudderless and defeated, when his 29-day sentence ended last year.

But Marty Johnson didn't do that. He couldn't, actually. Not on Utah coach Urban Meyer's watch.

At 8 p.m. Saturday night, Johnson will start at running back for the Utes in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Even the 24-year-old Johnson, a rare seven-year college athlete, can't fathom that. "Everything I've been through, to be playing in a BCS game?" ...

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