Two hours to the southeast, Johnson will soon experience similar demands at Florida. In fact, he has been warned. Last November, when the Gators were in Nashville to play Vanderbilt, Wuerffel sat next to Johnson on the bus ride to the team's Friday-night movie. Wuerffel, who sensed that Johnson would be his successor, schooled him in the ways of Gators quarterbacking. "He went over everything on that ride, and he's a great teacher," says Johnson. "He told me what the fans would expect of me, how important it was that I keep my nose clean, what the media were like and how to deal with Coach Spurrier, that he was going to be in my face and I just had to deal with it, no questions asked, because he'll make me better."
Johnson cocks his head to one side and adds, "I didn't say one word. I just listened. Danny put five years into 30 minutes."
Cramming? No problem. Johnson has been working fast since he was in the second grade.