Johnny Johnson III’s exceptional blocking setting the tone for Oregon Ducks receivers who have been ‘hit and miss’ at taking on defenders


EUGENE — For all that Johnny Johnson III does that’s measurable, it’s the unquantifiable task of blocking that Oregon’s leading receiver has arguably excelled at most so far this season.

The 6-foot-1, 199-pound Johnson has taken on linebackers, cornerbacks and safeties and opened up running lanes on the perimeter and on the edge of the box for multiple Oregon rushing touchdowns already this season.

“I’ve always been a real aggressive blocker,” Johnson said. “It’s something I’ve been doing my entire career and I’m going to continue to do that. There’s more coming, don’t worry.”

On Oregon’s third play of the game at Ohio State, Johnson drove his defender more than 20 yards downfield while CJ Verdell gained seven yards and a first down. Later in the game, Johnson took Ohio State safety Teradja Mitchell out on a block that allowed Travis Dye to score.

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