Ryan Day and Ohio State survived Notre Dame, 21-10, in Week 1. For much of the game, it was the defense keeping things in place until the offense finally woke up.

When the offense finally did wake up, it was a 24-yard touchdown strike from CJ Stroud to Xavier Johnson that gave the Buckeyes the lead for good. On the ensuing kickoff, Johnson was a part of the coverage unit making the stop as a special teams contributor.

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In fact, Johnson was one of the unlikely pieces to be utilized on offense. But with Jaxon Smith-Njigba banged up, Johnson stepped in and delivered.

After the game, Day spoke highly of Johnson. He called the utility receiver a “throwback” player and said good things happen to good people.

Johnson finished the game with 2 catches for 35 yards in addition to working with the special teams unit. Coming into the game, Johnson had carried the ball 4 times in his career but did not have a reception to his credit.

Originally a 3-star wide receiver in the 2018 recruiting class, Johnson showed his versatility is the real deal in Week 1. Hopefully, he is able to contribute again throughout the season.