Mississippi State running back Dillon Johnson is moving from Starkville, apparently with the approval of head coach Mike Leach.
On Wednesday, the junior announced that he was leaving the program, and on the way out he took an accurate shot at Leach. After the usual array of cheers and thanks, Johnson wrote that the main reason for his decision is that he is “not very cool and Leach is glad I’m leaving”.
You can imagine that this line reflects a relationship that has gone very sour behind the scenes.
Johnson’s full statement:
First of all, I would like to thank God for giving me the opportunity to showcase my talents at the college level. Without Him I am nothing. Second, I would like to thank my family and friends for the endless love and support they have given me throughout this season.
It has been an honor for Mississippi State University, my teammates, coaches, and amazing fans to be part of this program with all of you. Together you guys have helped me develop my character and skills. [sic] extremely.
With that said, since I’m not a very cool player and Leach is glad I’m leaving, I’ll be entering my name on the transfer portal in hopes of finding a more suitable playing environment for me. Thank you.
Johnson was part of Leach’s first staffing at Mississippi State in the class of 2020, but he initially participated in the program under previous head coach Joe Moorhead. A three-star recruit from Greenville, Miss.Johnson immediately saw playing time as a freshman alongside classmate Jo’kuavius Marks.
This season, Johnson was second on the team in yards per scrimmage, behind only Marks, with 488 yards on the ground and 285 in the air, plus three touchdowns. He also survived knee and hip injuries in the Egg Bowl, telling reporters “I wasn’t healthy at all” after the game. by commercial mailing.
He also reportedly said running with the ball would be key to Mississippi State’s future offensive success, which could definitely be seen as another blow to Leach given no team has had less ball control this season than the Bulldogs..
Johnson is featured as a big name on the transfer portal, and while a feud with a former manager usually looks bad for a player, he’s hardly the only player to have friction with the Leach.