Ga. Tech All-American WR Johnson considers NFL
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 said.
Johnson wouldn't give any hints after the game about his intentions but said he and his family would make the decision together.
"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 Marvin Harrison.
"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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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