ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – He never knew he would get a chance to enjoy the beauty of the mountains in New Mexico or wear the cherry and silver at the University of New Mexico. For Delane Hart-Johnson it’s a part of his journey that he calls a blessing.
“I was in the streets of Philadelphia,” said Hart-Johnson. “I never knew I would be in Albuquerque, New Mexico playing football. It’s just like it’s a blessing to me. I appreciate everything. I cherish everything. So I got to do what I got to do.”
It was not an easy trip for Hart-Johnson. Being from a big city, he saw his share of hard knocks. That is now in the past and Hart-Johnson is squarely focused on his bright future. The six-foot-four, 210-pound receiver is hoping to add life to a Lobo passing game that has been non existent the last few seasons. The Lobos have had one of the top collegiate rushing attacks in the country under head coach Bob Davie.
This year the team has plans to mix it up. Passing the football was emphasized in spring football and will be on display during the season. Hart-Johnson, a Lobo sophomore out of L.A. Valley College, has shown in fall practice that he has the skills to make the passing game a success.
“The streets of Philly taught me that you got to play with a chip on your shoulder to do what you love or really appreciate it,” said Hart-Johnson. “I play with a chip on my shoulder.”
The Lobos open the season September 5 against Mississippi Valley State.