UB running back Jordan Johnson embraces starting role

Former standout Sweet Home quarterback is set to take the bulk of carries for the Bulls.

AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) – While the quarterback battle has consumed the headlines for UB this off season, the starting spot at running back is set.

“There is a lot of talent in the running back room so I don’t ever want to take a day off,” Jordan Johnson said. “I want to keep competing and have them push me and all that.”

It is a special moment for the Sweet Home alum who stepped into the role of hometown hero after the departure of Joe Licata. In high school Johnson was one of the best quarterbacks in the area and the switch to running back has proved to successful. He scored 12 touchdowns for Buffalo in his junior campaign.

“He has taken a step in his leadership on this team, he sees this is his time and he has worked hard,” head coach Lance Leipold said. “There has been a sense of motivation this summer, he has been around the building and watching film and doing everything he can to make his senior year a special year.”

Jordan is well aware of the rich history the UB program has at the running back position and while he is monitoring his personal achievements, team success is what is on his mind heading into the season.

“Come December we want to be at Ford field for the Mac Championship,” Johnson said. “I set individual goals but my whole thing is my individual goals will come with my teams success. As long as my team is winning games then the things that I want to accomplish myself will happen.”

If Johnson’s growth from his sophomore to junior season is any indication of what he is capable of, he will certainly be an essential piece to his hometown team’s offense come September.

“They set a standard, Coach Simon says it every day. Be the standard, set the standard. There are people who have come before you and who want to get to where you are.”

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