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Monday, August 26, 2019 2:30 pm

Snider's Lawrence Johnson to start for Purdue

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Purdue released its Week 1 depth chart this morning and former Snider star Lawrence Johnson was listed as a starting defensive tackle. 

Johnson, a redshirt freshman who saw action in two games in 2018, lost close to 30 pounds in the off-season and has told The Journal Gazette he feels quicker and stronger heading into the 2019 season.

"He's done a good job," coach Jeff Brohm said of Johnson on Monday. "I think he's gotten better. He's gotten in better condition. He's dropped weight. He's got a lot of repetitions. I think he wants to play well. He loves football, wants to compete, wants to represent Purdue in the best way we can.

"We're excited to get him on the field. We have multiple guys on the defensive line that are going to be able to rotate in and compete. The ones stack up, play the most, are going to be the ones that play the best. Still an open competition.

"Lawrence is definitely making good strides. See how he competes on game days. Showing us good things in practice, but has to make sure he becomes more consistent and disruptive on everything he does."

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Johnson was one of the first players Brohm recruited to play for the Boilermakers when he took over as the head coach. He's said he is "living his dream" playing for Purdue and that staying in-state to play college football is "the best thing possible."

He was the No. 15 recruit from Indiana in the 2018 recruiting class and helped Snider to an 11-1 record and a sectional championship in 2017, when he had eight sacks as a senior. 

dsinn@jg.net