Wednesday, September 27, 2006

The Calvin Johnson Worship Continues

After watching the replay of the UVA game the other night, I was struck by the amount of Calvin Johnson talk by the announcers. It didn't matter - offense, defense, special teams, breaks, Andre3000 - it was all about CJ. I love the kid as we all do, but it was a bit much. Now the love continues between coaches:

“Calvin Johnson is in a class by himself,” Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer said. “He’s a guy that you can have him covered, but you don’t have him covered.

“Athletically, he is tall and he is strong. He’s gifted, he can go up and get the ball so you could have your best defense in there and you still might not stop him.”

Chan Gailey agrees. He’s coached in the NFL and is now in his fifth season in Atlanta, and thinks that Johnson is a unique football player.

“I’ve never had one like him. Not in college, not in the NFL,” said Gailey, whose Jackets have won three straight over Samford, Troy and Virginia. “I’ve never had a receiver that big and that fast with that kind of hand-eye coordination.”