Texas lost a considerable amount of oomph in the early stages of its loss at BYU when Mr. Everything Daje Johnson was taken out of the game with an ankle injury.
A week earlier, against New Mexico State, Johnson was the best player on the field, scoring two touchdowns, one run and one reception. His return this week against Iowa State solidifies the belief of ISU coach Paul Rhoads that the Longhorns are coming into form.
The book is still out on Johnson, who's only a sophomore. He's on his way toward big things in college football, though. As a freshman he averaged 10.7 yards a touch in plays from scrimmage. The first recommendation during a Daje Johnson google search is "Daje Johnson Baylor," a clip of the 84-yard touchdown run Johnson had on Texas' first play from scrimmage as a freshman (he's since changed numbers from 27 to 4).
The play set up really easily for Johnson, who wasn't really touched. The tight end locks up Baylor safety Ahmad Dixon and Johnson got the corner; that's all to it.
Texas likes to move Johnson around in terms of where he lines up. He'll be next to the quarterback in the shotgun one play and out in the slot the next.
The above shot is Texas operating out of a pseudo pod formation, which usually calls for three tailbacks in the backfield but in this iteration has tight end Greg Daniels to Ash's left. Johnson takes the sweep, benefits from some nice down-blocking and is gone.
The .gif of that play is right here:
The middle is similar strategy, with Johnson instead beginning the play lined up wide and motioning inward for a toss. He'll follow his blocks for a touchdown.
The .gif of that one is here:
The below is Johnson running a bubble screen on the tail end of a play-fake.
It's sort of insane to considering matching Johnson up with a linebacker, but that's what West Virginia tried to do last season. Trips left with a tight end running down the seam. Come on, too easy. Ash hits Johnson in stride for a very long gain and that tight end finishes the play as a blocker many yards later.
For Johnson's first touchdown of the 2013 campaign, he caught a pass lined up as a wideout and outran three guys to the end zone.That gif is right here:
One last .gif on Johnson, just in case you're beginning to think he's strictly a speed guy.