Lane Kiffin has created a ton of buzz around the FAU Owls, and quarterback De’Andre Johnson is a big part of that buzz.
Johnson, who missed most of his first season with FAU due to blood clots in his arm, is notably a former Florida State quarterback and one of the stars of the hit Netflix series Last Chance U.
The issue with the blood clots was a huge blow to his inaugural season with the Owls — a first season that aligned with Kiffin’s inaugural as head coach — but according to a report from fauowlaccess.com, the quarterback has recovered from his surgery and is cleared to participate in spring practice.
Johnson played in only four games last season for FAU, rushing for 31 yards on four attempts and completing two of only three passing attempts with an interception and no touchdowns.
With that said, he is expected to be a contender for the Owls’ starting quarterback spot.
Johnson returned to practice late last season but did not participate in drills. FAU intends to bring Johnson along slowly in the spring, likely limiting his repetitions early.
A dual threat quarterback, Johnson will battle Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison, a redshirt freshman, during the spring for the starting job.
Johnson was dismissed from Florida State in 2015 after punching a woman in the face at a Tallahassee bar. He then went to East Mississippi Community College, where he ended up on Netflix.