Oct. 19, 2011
LOGAN, Utah -
By Megan Allen / USU Athletic Media Relations
Through his entire time at Utah State, wide receiver Josh Johansen has given it his all as a part of the Aggie football team. Even though he has seen action in just one game of his college career, he shows up to every practice and works hard.
"It's all for the love of football," Johansen said. "It's been a part of my life for so long that I couldn't not have it."
Johansen, a senior from Kaysville, Utah, played for Davis High School. He lettered in three seasons during his high school career and was named to the second all-region team. When it came time to go to college, the game wasn't something he was ready to give up.
Choosing to attend Utah State was an easy decision.
"It's close to home, and my friends were up here," Johansen said. "It just felt like the right place to come."
Once he got to Logan, he decided to walk-on to the team. He came in with the old coaching staff under Brent Guy, but stayed on through the staff changes.
"I was just doing what I do now, working out with the team and stuff," Johansen said. "Then when the new coaches came I was lucky enough to stay on and do the same thing."
If Johansen has learned anything in his time as part of USU football, it's to work hard. Hard work will get you anywhere, he said, and football is a great teacher of that lesson.
Along with hard work, comes the drive to never give up. It requires a lot of dedication and devotion to stay with a team when you aren't getting a ton of playing time. Division I football is a full-time occupation and it can be hard to not feel overshadowed. Johansen's love of the game and his dedication to the team remain strong day in and day out, through all the early morning workouts and meetings, to the hours of film-watching to the hours of grueling practices.
"I can't give it up," Johansen said. "I do what I need to do and have fun with it."
As a human movement science major, Johansen is thinking about using his skills and experience to coach others and pass on his love of football. The future is still unsure after graduation, but that is something he is considering as a possibility.
Without hesitation, any Aggie football player will say the overall goal of the season is to help the team win a Western Athletic Conference championship and have the opportunity to not only play in, but win a bowl game at the end of the season.
On an individual level, Johansen has the simple goals of wanting to succeed.
"I just want to do what I need to do to help the team," Johansen said.
Hard work and dedication pay off for Johansen. While he hasn't seen much action on the field during games while at Utah State, he has stuck with it and shown his loyalty to the team. He takes his role as an Aggie seriously and gives his all. Johansen sees his time here as being successful, even though the public doesn't necessarily get to see the fruits of his labors.
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