Although he’s entering his fifth season in the National Football League, 49ers quarterback Josh Johnson feels like he’s in college these days.
That’s because the 6-foot-3, 205-pound signal caller has been reunited with his college head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
Working together at 49ers Organized Team Activities, for instance, serves as a reminder of what Johnson experienced as a young passer in Harbaugh’s University of San Diego offense.
Johnson also clearly recalls the tempo and competitive nature of their practices leading USD to win many games.
“It got real intense, we tried to go out and beat (the defense) everyday,” Johnson said. “They tried to come and beat us. Whoever took the advantage that day in practice, we let the other side know about it.
“It created a great environment for our team and it carried over into the games a lot, so we won a lot of games.”
And now that Johnson’s finishing up the third and final week of OTAs this week at 49ers headquarters in Santa Clara, the same practice principles from those days at San Diego are being continued with the 49ers.
“Since I’ve been here, we’ve all been working, trying to get better, trying to help the team win a championship,” said Johnson, the athletic quarterback who has an average of 6.9 yards per rush in his career to go along with 1,042 career passing yards and five touchdown passes,
In addition to appreciating the working relationship with his fellow quarterbacks and position coaches, Johnson’s two-year contract with the 49ers keeps him closer to his family in the East Bay.
“It’s been no distraction,” Johnson said. “I come home every offseason to train, I know what to expect. This is my job, this my priority, this is what I do, so I know what comes first.”
That being said, Johnson made it clear that he’s looking forward to meeting up with his cousin through his mother’s side of the family twice a year.
The cousin is Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
“It’s going to be real cool,” Johnson said. ‘”We don’t really get to play against each other technically, our teams will be, and he knows what it is that week. He’ll be trying to help his team get a win and I’ll be trying to help my team get a win.”
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