• John Macon Gillespie

Amani Johnson Is Driven To Win

The Lafayette Commodores seem to always have plenty of star power on offense. At least, that has been the case over the past several seasons. The have had SEC talent like Jeremy Liggins, DK Buford and Eli Johnson locking down spots over the years. This past season they had a 2,000-yard rusher in Tyrell Price. However, in 2016, if the Dores want to win it all, it will be done so on the defensive side of the ball.

Junior defensive end, Amani Johnson saw his first season of major playing time in 2015. He made the most of his opportunities totaling 68 tackles off the edge.

Johnson looks back on the 2015 season.

“I think it was successful even though we didn’t play as many games as we should have,” Johnson told SES Mississippi. “We were a few plays away from potentially going all the way. We were both sound offensively and stout defensively.”

Johnson uses that great combination of power and speed to beat bigger offensive tackles around the corner and to the ball carrier. He also uses his big frame and strength to stuff run plays dead in their tracks. He has the skills of a defensive end and the agility of a linebacker. He says he plans to improve on all of these attributes this offseason.

“I am working on my strength and physical conditioning,” Johnson explained. “Last year, I didn’t play every down at the start of the season. My goal is to play every defensive snap and contribute.”

The 6-1, 220-pound Johnson plays with a very high motor and is always around the football. He only knows one speed and that’s wide open. He says the passion comes from the desire to win.

“I am driven by my want to win,” Johnson expressed. “I also am driven by my teammates and coaches. This will be my senior season and winning it all for them would be great.”

Johnson will compete in the April 30, Fortius Project at ICC. The event will feature some of the state’s top talents from the top teams, Johnson will be right in the mix with the best.

“I want to improve my game as a whole, from my reaction off the snap to my technique,” Johnson added. “I am eager to learn and compete with the other players there.”

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