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Dream Realized: Andrew Johnson finally a Wyoming Cowboy

Updated: Jun. 15, 2021 at 12:44 AM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Raised to wear the Brown and Gold, and after months of being labeled as a commit, Cheyenne Central’s Andrew Johnson is finally a Wyoming Football player.

Whether it was on offense or defense, #9 in the red, white, and black was a menace.

“Watching him grow and mature, he’s a kid you want to start a program around,” said Central Football Head Coach Mike Apodaca.

An All-Stater on both sides of the ball as a senior, Johnson racked up over 1,000 receiving yards and recorded three interceptions in 2020.

Despite how his high school ended, Johnson took his licks his first year starting as a sophomore, including one particularly bad game against Thunder Basin’s Blaine Allen. But in the end, he turned out the better for it.

“Andrew’s the type of kid that internalizes that stuff and grew throughout the year and we opened up with Thunder the next year and Andrew completely shut the kid down, literally I don’t believe the kid had a catch,” said Apodaca.

The Central head coach said that game showed him that Andrew Johnson was simply different, and his high school career turned out to be a great one as Johnson was eventually recruited by and offered a scholarship from the University of Wyoming.

Johnson said that was a dream come true.

“Since I was probably three feet tall, I’ve been wearing brown and gold, watching them play CSU, Boise State -- some of these big games and it’s always just been a love for the team, love for the school,” said Johnson. “So, having the opportunity to become a part of that is amazing.”

Johnson moved to Laramie around the first weekend in June and he is participating in team workouts. He was recruited as a safety and now it’s time for him to get to work as a Cowboy under coaches who have produced elite talent.

“Being able to play under the coaches that know what they’re doing, they have the experience of sending the players to the NFL, it’s a great thing to go into and very confident for any player going in that they’re going to be the best they can possibly be,” said Johnson.

The glitz, glamor, and notoriety of being a Division I football player seems like it could be overwhelming, especially for a kid getting the chance to play for his favorite college football team. But with Andrew Johnson, it’s all business.

“I’m trying not to focus on that side of it, not the publicity side, and trying not to get caught up in all that,” said Johnson. “So I’m really just focused on going in there and being the best I can be as a player, listen to the coaches, and then just optimizing every part of my game.”

Johnson and the Wyoming Cowboys kickoff the regular season on September 4 against Montana State.

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