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Larry Johnson's focus on baseball paying off

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By Joey Donia - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  For two years Larry Johnson shined at tight end for Albany State but in 2009 Larry gave up his football career to focus on baseball during his senior year.

"I felt baseball is what I've done my whole life so I wanted to spend my senior year out here" said Johnson.

So far Larry's senior season has been stellar. With a 4-1 record and 38 strikeouts he's been one of the Ram's most reliable pitchers.

"Whatever decision you make you stick with it and you have to live with it" said Albany State coach Edward Taylor.

"I asked him you think you've got a career in professional football and he said no. I said you got a career in professional baseball and he said yeah"

Coach Taylor also thinks Larry can play professionally.

"He has the size, he has great upside, the scouts love his build, he's athletic, of course he throws hard and he's a lefty which is always a plus so you know if he just keeps pitching the way he's been pitching I think he's got a real good shot" said Taylor.

For now Larry's just focused on a conference championship after finishing runner up last season.

"The loss to Stillman last year in the championship kind of left a bitter taste in my mouth and I feel like I want to come back and avenge the loss and get a ring. This is my third year here and I've played two sports which means this is my fifth opportunity to get a ring and I don't have one yet" said Johnson.

Ring, or no ring, Larry Johnson's a guy Albany State's been lucky to have.

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