First disappointment, and then things fell in place for Andrew Johns to play football at Liberty University and then in the 2020 Cure Bowl. Not only did it work out for playing football at Liberty but it was his school of choice for his major, Music Production. Andrew has that rare talent of being a musician and a football player.
The disappointment happened when Liberty hired a new coaching staff which left him high and dry as a recruit. But Coach Brad Lord kept in contact with Coach Freeze and the new staff and soon a Preferred Walk on opportunity was presented and Andrew became a Flame.
An interesting twist is that he is one of two long snappers on the team so he and his teammate are kept out of contact in case either gets hurt. It works out well for honing their snapping skills and developing a lasting friendship. It is either Andrew and Austin to make the critical long snaps.
Andrew’s career started at Foundation Academy under Coach Brad Lord. (Recently retired) In four years he played wherever need including a little fullback his senior year. Then Coach Lord selected him to represent Foundation in the Cure Bowl (Now Cure Classic) All-Star Game where he discovered he could be a leader among new teammates. His team won the game but he remembers how cool it was to play against guys he knew from the West Orange area.
His All-Star experience was “fun and rewarding” and he was “surprised at how well a team could come together in just three practices.”
When asked about the difference between high school and college football he said it is “game day.” Game Day at Liberty means 20,000 fans packing the Williams Stadium with the whole campus turning out like a celebration.
He felt good about “playing together to find a Cure for Cancer” at the All-Star game because a family member, Susan Orlando, had survived Breast Cancer which was meaningful to him and his family. Andrew had a lot to celebrate the night of the All-Star Game in 2019.