Originally created 11/23/05

Bulldogs' Minter welcomes another shot at Jackets' star



ATHENS, Ga. - Georgia safety Kelin Johnson filled in last week as a starter because of injury. This week he sounds ready to give Don King a run for his money as a promoter.

The Saturday night battle to watch: Georgia Tech sophomore wide receiver Calvin "All-World" Johnson vs. Georgia senior cornerback DeMario "Deuce" Minter.

"That's a match-up they're going to be talking about all week," Johnson said.

No need to plunk down $49.95 for pay-per-view. The showdown is available on ABC-Ch. 6 for free at 8 p.m.

"Anytime you've got a physical corner like DeMario, one of the top corners in the nation, and you've got one of the best wide receivers in the nation that's physical right along with 'Deuce', they're going to hype that up all day, man," Johnson said. "That's a big challenge for 'Deuce' and a big challenge for Calvin, too. It's going to be a great battle. I can't wait to see that."

It's a rematch of a tussle from last year that even the 6-foot, 198-pound Minter admits was won by the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Johnson in Georgia's 19-13 victory.

"I have personal feelings because last year I had three pass interferences against him," Minter said. "I did a bad job against him last year."

Johnson had five catches for 44 yards and Minter was flagged twice in the end zone on the same possession to set up a P.J. Daniels 1-yard touchdown run.

Minter began gearing up for this game watching Johnson make six catches for 89 yards in Georgia Tech's 14-10 win over then-No. 3 Miami on Saturday.

"DeMario was already thinking of ways he could try to stop him and pick up little keys," Georgia quarterback D.J. Shockley said.

Johnson, a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's best receiver, has 50 catches for 855 yards and five touchdowns.

Minter, who has been invited to play in the Senior Bowl, said he was matched up against Johnson about 90 percent of the time last year.

The scary thing Minter says, is that Johnson is "10 times better," than last year.

"It's going to be a big test for me, but hopefully I can come through," Minter said.