Fighting the Size Stigma: Kenny Johnson

Inglewood WR Kenny Johnson

Inglewood wide receiver Kenny Johnson recognizes he's on the smaller side at five-foot-nine 160 pounds, but he is confident in his ability to play at a high level. FoxSportsNext caught up with Johnson after a recent practice to talk about his final season and getting an opportunity to take his game to the next level.

The slot receiver position has changed dramatically since the explosion of guys in the NFL like Wes Welker, Austin Collie, Victor Cruz and Troy Brown showing they can be very successful when used the right way.

To cause match up problems with outside linebackers and nickel backs, quick, smaller, scat-like and physical are all attributes many coaches are starting to look for in slot receivers, a description that Kenny Johnson fits well.

At five-foot-nine 160 pounds, Johnson led the Inglewood Sentinels in receiving last year with 27 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns. A quick, solid route runner with good hands, Johnson is physical for his size and works hard to gain yards after the catch.

Despite a good junior season in a competitive conference in southern California, Johnson hasn't received much attention from college programs, but his focus is now turned towards the upcoming season and showing coaches he's perfectly capable of making plays at the next level.

"I want to prove that I can play and size doesn't matter," Johnson said confidently. "I'm trying to win a championship with my teammates and then get out and go to school somewhere."

Johnson has continued to work on his game throughout the summer and improved upon his biggest strength.

"Everything has been going really good this summer and it's going to pay off this season," he said. "I think I can catch real well, get open and get up the field."

He says after his senior year he will evaluate his options but knows what he's looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for good academics, a good team, good facilities and good coaches that want me to succeed in life."

Here is a link to Johnson's junior year highlights: Kenny Johnson

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