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Westwood's Johnson Makes Impact as UT Freshman

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UT freshman outfielder Ben Johnson makes it look easy.

The Westwood alum was a three-sport star in high school, starring in countless Friday night highlight reels as one of the state's top quarterbacks. Fortunately for the Longhorn baseball program, the 6'1" 190 pound athlete didn't pursue a college football career.

"I've always wanted to play a sport at Texas," said the homegrown talent, "and it's happened to be baseball and I'm glad I made the decision."

Longhorn baseball coach Augie Garrido says Johnson has the mental makeup and physical talent to be a Major Leaguer one day.

"You start watching him run - (he's) kind of like a guy who stole a million dollars from a bank and they're after him," said Garrido. "You can't catch him. Can't catch him. He's awesome!"

Johnson says his time playing football under the Friday night lights helped prepare him for the diamond on the 40 Acres.

"I'm not used to playing baseball games in front of six or seven thousand people," said Johnson. "Football I'm used to playing in front of that, so that definitely helped."

His family genes didn't hurt either. His father played football at Maine, his granddad ran track at Notre Dame, and his brother played baseball at Vanderbilt. Most D-1 baseball players are the best athlete in the family. Johnson is still trying to prove he's not the worst.

"I have no idea where I fall!" said Johnson. "We're all pretty decent athletes. I'm just having fun with it now."

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