Clester Johnson was a two-time national champion at Nebraska in the 1990s as a wide receiver and wing-back.
His son, C.J., is a redshirt freshman wide receiver with Wyoming after attending Bellevue West High in Bellevue, Nebraska.
The Johnsons were the first father-son duo to win Gatorade State Player of the Year awards. Clester won it in 1991, and C.J won it in 2014.
Comparisons have been and will continue to be made between Clester and his son.
Mike Grant is a good person to ask about the two Johnsons.
Grant was a graduate assistant coach at Nebraska while Clester was there. Grant was hired as UW’s wide receivers coach back in January.
Here’s a little of what Grant had to say about both.
“C.J. is much more mild-mannered than Clester was as far as personality goes,” Grant said. “Their personality traits on the field — movement, moves knees and arms — are just like his father.”
C.J. Johnson is used to the comparisons to his dad, but doesn’t seem to bother him. Grant knows those comparisons will always be there, but he doesn’t do it a lot around Johnson.
“I’ve tried to back away from that pressure and let him develop,” Grant said. “I think (C.J.) well get that and more because he’s a different kind of guy than his father. He’s really, really smooth. Not saying Clester was rough, but C.J’s a whle lot smoother.”
However, Grant said he often refers to C.J. as Clester in meetings, and jokes that “nobody in the room knows what I’m talking about.”
For more on that and how C.J. is doing so far this spring for the Cowboys, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.