PLAYER SPOTLIGHT: JAMAHL JOHNSON
Iowa State University
Who is your favorite artist to listen to before the game?
Probably some Meek Mill.
Do you have any pregame rituals?
Depending how cold it is, I do a little warm up and then hit the
goal post a couple times. I practice on staying low and getting my
hands active, getting them ready for the game.
Who controls the aux cord in the locker room and
what is played?
Amechie Walker and he usually plays Meek Mill and Playboy Carti.
Who is the one teammate you wouldn’t want on the aux cord?
Braxton Lewis. He will play some bad stu I don’t know.
What movie will you stop and watch if it’s on television?
Bad Boys. That’s the one I always watch if it’s on.
Who is the funniest guy on the team?
We got a lot of characters. It would be either Isaiah Lee or Trevor
Downing. Downing is hilarious.
What is the best concert you have ever been to?
I have only been to one concert and that was a 21 Savage concert.
It was alright. I would much rather listen to him in the locker
room or on my phone.
Where would you go if you could go anywhere on vacation?
Europe. I’ve never been to Europe or out of the country.
What’s your favorite meal served after football practices?
The chicken from Silver Spoon. It’s delicious.
What song would be your go-to karaoke song?
Dreams and Nightmares by Meek Mill.
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Why did you choose Iowa State?
It was the best fi t for me. It was close to home and has a great
fan base. Iowa State was one of the biggest schools that o ered
me a scholarship. It was the perfect fi t and I was blessed to get a
How much of an inspiration is your grandfather Willie Je ries,
who is in the College Football Hall of Fame and was the fi rst
African-American to be a head coach at a predominately-white
I mean, he is everything to me right now. He is a huge inspiration
in what he did in the past and the things that he tells me now. He
inspires me every day.
If you didn’t play football, what sport would you play?
Basketball. I’m a hooper.
What was your favorite team growing up?
That’s easy. The Minnesota Vikings.
Who was your favorite player as a kid?
I was the ball boy for the Vikings and I was with the D-line, which
was awesome. I would say Kevin Williams and Jared Allen.
Do you have any hidden talents?
I don’t know if it’s a talent, but I remember everything. I remember
a lot of details to a lot of di erent situations. If you’ve ever been
with me you would understand.
Take us through the pass breakup on the screen play vs. Texas
that helped Iowa State win the game?
I got o the ball, knowing it was 3rd and 10, and I had to get a
good pass rush. I saw the o ensive linemen quickset, and usually
when they quickset, it’s usually a screen. The ball didn’t come out
fast so I knew it was either a screen or the ball was coming out. I
was able to follow the receiver and make a play on the ball.