Johnson: Robinson is ‘superfast’

Published 12:01 am Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Andalusia native and Alabama senior linebacker Nico Johnson said that “he’s never played against someone like” Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson at the Week 1 press conference on Monday.

“I don’t think I have ever played against someone like him,” he said. “He’s fast, he is able to throw – he is good at what he does. I think he reminds me a lot of the Virginia Tech quarterback (Tyrod Taylor) from when we played them my freshman year. I think he is a better athlete than (Taylor).”

Additionally, Johnson went on to say that Robinson is a quick athlete.

“He’s superfast. He doesn’t get credit for how good he really is,” he said. “He is a good athlete, and he really is a better passer than people think he is. We just need to take advantage of every opportunity we get and try to contain him. He’s so good that we are going to try to have to do everything, and try to click on all cylinders.”

Later in the interview, Johnson said this first game will say a lot about the Crimson Tide.

“You learn a lot playing against a good team early (in the season),” he said. “You learn a lot, instead of getting down the line and learning those lessons you need to learn. Playing Michigan, we are going to learn a lot and who knows what it is going to be, but I know we are going to learn something.”

Alabama will get its season rolling on Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.