Mississippi State operating again Dillon Johnson is traded from Starkville, reportedly with the approval of head coach Mike Leach.
The junior introduced on Wednesday that he was leaving this system whereas taking a transparent shot at Leach on his manner out. After the same old sequence of shouts and thanks, Johnson wrote that the primary motive for his choice was that he was “not very robust, and Leach is glad I am leaving.”
You’ll be able to think about that line displays a relationship that obtained very bitter behind the scenes.
Johnson’s full assertion:
To start with, I wish to thank God for giving me the chance to point out my abilities on the faculty stage. With out Him, I’m nothing. Second, I wish to thank my household and buddies for the infinite love and assist they’ve proven me all through this season.
To Mississippi State College, my unimaginable teammates, coaches, and followers, it has been an honor to take part on this program with all of you. Collectively you helped me construct my character and expertise [sic] enormously.
That being mentioned, since I am not very robust and Leach is comfortable to depart, I’ll enter my title into the switch portal in hopes of discovering a extra appropriate taking part in setting for me. Thanks.
Johnson was a part of Leach’s first recruiting class at Mississippi State within the Class of 2020, however he initially signed on to this system beneath former head coach Joe Moorhead. A 3-star rookie in Greenville, Mississippi, Johnson noticed speedy taking part in time as a rookie alongside schoolmate Jo’quavious Marks.
This season, Johnson was second on the crew in scrimmage yards, behind solely Marks, with 488 dashing and 285 by the air, plus three touchdowns. He additionally suffered knee and hip accidents within the Egg Bowl, telling reporters “I wasn’t wholesome in any respect” after the sport, in response to the Industrial Dispatch.
He additionally reportedly mentioned that operating the ball can be key to Mississippi State’s future success on offense, which might actually be seen as one other blow to Leach on condition that no crew ran the ball lower than the Bulldogs this season.
Johnson options as a notable title within the switch portal, and whereas a feud with a former supervisor would usually look unhealthy on a participant, he isn’t the one participant to have friction with Leach.