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Jaquan Johnson Wanted RJ McIntosh and Kendrick Norton to play the 2018 Season

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This Hurricanes DB returned his senior year to win a ring but wanted to do it with his brothers.

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With so many drafted players coming out of the U, nothing feels more of a rite of passage than being drafted by the NFL. Don't get it twisted, graduation is the key, but becoming a pro-football player early is the goal with six players drafted in the 2018 Draft adding to the already long list of U alumn play on Sundays. However, Jaquan Johnson is an exception to this rule.

According to the Miami Herald, the Canes DB opened up about how he attempted to convince Kendrick Norton and RJ McIntosh to join him again for one more season.

"I wanted to get my degree, but most importantly I wanted to play with my brothers for my final year."

"You go in with the knowledge that you think you had when you were a junior, but in your senior year you definitely know you know it."

Johnson is okay with the two leaving to play on Sundays, but the opportunity was a dream for him.

With Jaquan Johnson back for his senior year, he's already a prospect for the 2019 NFL Draft. The loss of Norton and McIntosh on the U's roster is a bit of a hit to the defensive line. Kendrick Norton had 26 total tackles in 2017 and is now with the Carolina Panthers, and RJ McIntosh had a whopping 52 tackles but was drafted by the New York Giants. Fortunately, the U still shows prosper in the current talent that will hit the field this fall, but image those three players as leadership and a force on the Canes' defensive front and backside. It all could've happened, dream deferred.