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USC football: Ronald Johnson will increase workload against Oregon

October 27, 2009 | 10:45 am

Ronald USC receiver Ronald Johnson was feeling down early last week after his return to action against Notre Dame turned into a personal struggle.

Johnson felt much better on Monday after a big game against Oregon State.

The junior caught six passes for 99 yards, including a diving 22-yard touchdown catch.

The touchdown was noteworthy because Johnson hit the end zone turf with the ball cradled to his chest, which was tender and sore for weeks after he suffered a broken collarbone during training camp.

“I tried to go into a fetal position so I wouldn’t hurt myself and it worked out,” Johnson said. “I just kind of bounced off the ground on all fours.

“It took the air out of me. I was shaking everyone’s hands and I was dizzy.”

Johnson is expected to increase his workload Saturday against Oregon when he resumes his role returning kickoffs.

-- Gary Klein

Photo: USC's Ronald Johnson. Credit: Alex Gallardo / Los Angeles Times