Rashad Johnson silent about arrest, sets Tide goals for season

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - Alabama safety Rashad Johnson says the Crimson Tide is ready to get back to football.

Meeting with reporters yesterday for the first time since the Independence Bowl, Johnson -- the Sulligent native who made 94 tackles with six interceptions in 2007 -- wasn't talking about his arrest.

Johnson saw his disorderly conduct charge for an incident that occurred on Feb. 23rd on the Tuscaloosa Strip dismissed on March 6th -- provided he performs 40 hours of community service and issues an apology.

Yesterday, Johnson was asked about the incident. He said he's already released a statement about it and had no further comment.

When the deal was struck, Johnson said in a statement that he regretted "that my actions contributed to an arrest" and supported the Tuscaloosa Police Department.

Johnson did discuss his on-field goals for this season that includes being the leader he was last year and "becoming a more physical tackler."

A former walk-on, Johnson earned All-Southeastern Conference honors last season and was voted a team captain.He tied for the SEC lead with six interceptions.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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