LSU Football: How Max Johnson showed some real grit this week

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LSU football sophomore quarterback Max Johnson won the respect of defensive teammates this week by showing some real grit.

According to 247Sports‘ Shea Dixon, Johnson was shoved after a play during the Tigers’ recent scrimmage by a defensive lineman.

Johnson immediately went after the defensive lineman, which ignited the whole team in a positive way.

The offensive line had to hold Johnson back, while the defensive lineman was held back by the defensive line.

According to Dixon, the defensive lineman “just wanted to see if Max was really like that”.

Max Johnson has elite energy for LSU football

It’s not a surprise that Johnson didn’t back down from the defensive lineman who shoved him.

We saw this week that Johnson brings a high level of intensity and energy to LSU’s sidelines.

That’s a great leadership trait for Johnson to have. And it undoubtedly makes the team want to go to war for their starting quarterback.

The talent has been there for the Tigers. It was there last season, despite what the final record said.

It was little things like leadership, energy, and team chemistry that were missing.

LSU — under the guidance of head coach Ed Orgeron — has worked extremely hard this offseason to make sure the energy is where it needs to be in Baton Rouge.

With the start of the 2021 season just around the corner, I think it’s more than safe to say that it’s been “mission accomplished” for Coach O this offseason.

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Will that result in an SEC championship-caliber season?

We’ll see in a few months. But it certainly feels like LSU is a team that’s going to be hard to handle in the SEC in 2021.