For the first time in their football careers, Louisville sophomore cornerback Andrew Johnson will play against his older brother on the football field. Johnson’s older brother, Darian Mallary, a senior running back at Florida International is expected to get the start in place of the injured Kedrick Rhodes.
The thought of playing against his younger brother is an emotional thing for Mallory. “We’ll hug. I’m so sensitive, I’ll probably cry. I hope I won’t, but I probably will,” he tells the Miami Herald Leader.
Here are some more of Mallory’s quotes to the Miami media in regards to playing against his little brother. H/T to FIU color-analyst Pete Pelegrin.
“Our mom is talking to both of us the same way this week. Our family really isn’t picking sides for Saturday’s game. The family is so happy. I don’t think they care about the outcome they just want to see us both on the field at the same time. I think our whole neighborhood will be at the game.”
“There has been no texting between us this week. Andrew calls me every week, but not this week.”
“My mom is making like 50 t-shirts with FIU on the front and Louisville on the back and both my photo and my brother’s photo will be on the front and back.”
“My brother has always said he’s better than me and he wants to beat me at everything, but that’s how a little brother is supposed to talk.”
“When we were little kids we had a basketball hoop in the front of the house and sometimes I would let him win in basketball because he would have told our mom that I beat him.”