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Josh Johnson to start at QB for Buccaneers

Former Oakland Tech star Josh Johnson will get his first NFL start Sunday at the Washington Redskins. Johnson took over for a struggling Byron Leftwich in Sunday’s 24-0 loss to the New York Giants and in his first NFL action, he was 4-of-10 for 36 yards and also ran once for 15 yards. Johnson had been listed as No. 3 on the Bucs depth chart behind 2009 first-round draft choice Josh Freeman, but he leaps over the rookie to take over as the starting QB for now.

Johnson was the least heralded at the time of a talented crop of East Bay quarterbacks that featured Monte Vista’s Kyle Wright and San Ramon Valley’s Sam Keller. Wright went on to an up-and-down career at Miami and Keller had his moments at Arizona State before eventually transferring to Nebraska after losing the starting job. Wright and Keller have briefly spent time on NFL rosters but have not seen action.

Jimmy Durkin

Jimmy Durkin is a sports writer for the Bay Area News Group.