JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Sometimes even triple coverage isn't
enough to stop Calvin Johnson.
Johnson leapt between two West Virginia defenders and in front
of a third for a 32-yard reception in the third quarter of the
Gator Bowl on Monday, one of his nine catches for 186 yards and two
touchdowns in Georgia Tech's 38-35 loss.
The All-American junior made the Mountaineers' secondary look
helpless all day in what may have been his collegiate finale.
Johnson is considering forgoing his senior year for the NFL, and
the 6-foot-5 wideout looked ready to make the transition.
"I'll have to sit down and decide it pretty soon," Johnson
Johnson wouldn't give any hints after the game about his
intentions but said he and his family would make the decision
"After this, it's going to be a hard decision, I know that,"
said quarterback Tyler Bennett, thankful for having Johnson to
throw to in his second career start. "Whatever he decides, it will
be the right decision for him. Everyone wants him to stay but all
the NFL guys want him to go."
Johnson's yardage total on Monday put him fifth in the Gator
Bowl record book -- and in pretty good company. He finished behind
Andre Rison, Javon Walker and Fred Biletnikoff and in front of
"His play today was typical. That's what we've come to expect
from Calvin," Tech coach Chan Gailey said.
Johnson won the Biletnikoff Award this year as the nation's top
receiver and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the
year. Before Monday's game, he had 1,016 yards receiving and 13
touchdowns, fourth-best in the country.
For his size, Johnson is also extremely athletic. He runs a 4.4
40-yard dash and has a 45-inch vertical leap. The combination makes
him difficult to defend, even with a scheme keyed to stop him.
"What can you say about Calvin Johnson? We knew coming in he
was going to be dangerous, but he just ran over top of us," West
Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said.