WATCH: Georgia ‘Superman’ linebacker Jermaine Johnson staying sharp during break

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Georgia outside linebacker Jermaine Johnson has been working hard to stay on top of his game during the offseason.

ATHENS — Georgia’s “Superman” linebacker doesn’t wear a cape, but he has been wearing a backpack with a 25-pound weight in it this offseason.

Outside linebacker Jermaine Johnson, who Coach Kirby Smart noted was making “Superman” plays in last year’s edition of spring football drills, has made it a point to train hard during the coronavirus sequestrations.

It was Johnson putting heat on Ian Book as the Irish quarterback scrambled frantically to buy time before lofting a fruitless last-ditch heave toward the end zone in Georgia’s 23-17 win over Notre Dame.

And then on the road against Auburn, Johnson put a crushing hit on Bo Nix in the second quarter, forcing the Tigers’ QB to fumble the ball away at the UGA 37 to keep a shutout intact.

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound Johnson does indeed appear on the verge of a breakout season with one season of SEC experience behind him.

Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning was the coach on staff who discovered him, and with Lanning working without the outside linebackers and dialing up the plays, it would seem Johnson is set.



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