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Published: Monday, Aug. 12 2013 4:35 p.m. MDT

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Highland, UT

That one hurts.

Orem, UT

Sucks for Jordan and sucks for BYU. You never wish injuries on anyone. From a U fan I hope Jordan can make a full and speedy recovery.

Go Utes.

Salt Lake City, UT

That stinks, this kids a player. Hopefully he can return to full strength next year.

Spanish Fork, UT

Huge blow. No way to paper over the loss of Johnson. Bad news.

Spokane Ute
Spokane, WA


I second that; very unfortunate.

West Jordan, UT

BYU was so thin at CB before Jordan's injury. He really was one of the most important players on the team. I hope for quick recovery, and to see him playing next year.

Boise, ID

I understand the need to get these guys reps going into the season, but every time this happens (and it seems like it happens every year) I wonder if something preventative can be done. As a loyal Cougar, I was already finding to hard to be optimistic about our corners. Johnson was the only thing giving me comfort. Now, that position group is an untested question mark, and I don't see BYU defending the pass very well this year at all. Major bummer to see Johnson go down.

South Jordan, UT

There's something wrong within a program that has already had two season ending knee injuries-not to mention all the O line problems last year.

Somebody in coaching or medical needs to make changes.

Highland, UT


I haven't heard yet how he was injured. The truth is knee injuries happen quite often when there is zero contact so if that is the case I don't know how it could have been avoided. They have to practice, run drills, etc.

If it was a contact drill it still might not have been avoidable, they have to do some level of hitting, blocking, tackling in order to get into game shape.

There sure have been a lot of injuries the last week for both BYU and utah, really it is sad because these guys put in so much time and effort to play. I absolutely hate to see anyone injured but it is inevitable in football that it will happen.

St George, Utah

Huge loss for the secondary and the defense. Although I think he underperformed in some key games last season, his experience was key to keeping the secondary competitive with a brutal schedule. That leaves a first year JC transfer and a true freshman to man the corner position. This definitely will require Bronco to change his defensive gameplan. Hopefully recruiting in the secondary will become a priority for the defensive staff. CB has been a weakness every season under Bronco.

Luckily the front 7 looks solid and should put plenty of pressure on opposing QB's.

McLean, VA

A devastating injury at the thinnest position on the defense. Terrible news for this season, although we will be in pretty good shape next year with two good junior cornerback contenders in Trammell and Johnson. However, for his next magic act, Mendenhall will need to reach into his hat, and turn someone into a cornerback -- at least a cornerback contributor for this year. Possibility: Michael Davis. I'm not sure if he has any experience or any aptitude for the position, but he does have that kind of straight line speed. Worth a thought, at least.

Get well quick, Jordan -- we'll see you next year.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Not a good year to be a college DB in Utah this year. Too many injuries.

Aurora, CO

C'mon guys lighten up. Sure it's bad for Johnson, but as far as cornerback play greatly affecting BYU's defense that isn't the case.

Our linebackers are the key to the defense and as long as we have great LB play we can make the corners (whoever wins the spots) look good.

When the quarterback is under pressure by the DL and LB and the short passes are being covered the corners will be able to cover and not have to worry about runs.

There is a reason that we were top 10 all last year in defense, and honestly it wasn't because of our corner play.


Terrible blow to the team. Probably the one player you absolutely couldn't afford to lose (yes, even more than van noy), because he was the anchor as likely the only solid defensive back in the lineup. As a fan, I'd rather see a banged up Utes team beat an intact BYU team (like last year) than have a fully healthy Utes team beat a depleted Cougs team. On a personal level, I hope Johnson can come back strong next year (bummer I don't get to see the Utes compete against him again, though), because he's one with a decent chance at a pro career. Good luck to the next guys up, but from the outside it ain't lookin good.

Las Vegas, NV

Hate to hear about such devastating injuries. Another Utah fan wishing Jordan a complete recovery.

Truth Whisperer
Chandler, TX

That really hurts... Might have to look at some Offensive Backs with "D" experience to shore up the CB positions... We might also want to make this a huge priority when we go recruiting...

If I am the coach and I am thin in a very important spot, then I am going to make sure that I have enough depth there... Not a whole lot different than recruiting for "skill positions"...


Mindgames, Johnson deflected 15 incomplete passes last year, the highest on the team. While I watched very few of the games, from what I did see he also wasn't thrown on as much as Hadley. You have to think a lesser corner would've been thrown on more and not been able to defend as many. That has power to change at least a few games in a big way.

McLean, VA

StG: Afraid you're correct in the conclusions to both of your comments. :-(

Ann Arbor, MI

No worries bYu is filled with DB's.

they'll be "fine"

Murray, UT

This is terrible news, hope Johnson makes a full recovery and we see him on the field next season. Two starting DBs already down and the season hasn't even started yet, hope some guys step it up and get the job done.

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