Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson, who underwent arthroscopic shoulder surgery in the off-season, said today that he has begun throwing individual routes in spring drills and hopes to take some snaps, if cleared by team trainers, in the Maroon-White game on April 17 in Kyle Field.
“It depends on how much progress I make,” Johnson said during a phone interview. “The shoulder is OK. I’m doing all the regular stuff. It’s killing me not to be out there (during contact drills).”
Johnson, a senior, finished third nationally in total offense last season (314.2 yards per game) but has been limited during the Aggies’ spring drills. He said his off-season surgery was minor and was designed to “clean up some soreness” that has been alleviated. He also said he understands if trainers do not allow him to suit up for the spring game, although he would like to participate.
“I’m just taking it slow,” Johnson said. “I don’t consider this a setback because there’s so much time until the season. I don’t want anything catastrophic or random to happen (during spring drills). But I started throwing individual routes (Thursday) and my shoulder felt good. We’ll see where things go from here.”
_ Jimmy Burch