Chris Johnson
Player of American football
Chris Johnson
Christopher Duan Johnson is an American football running back for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League. Johnson is widely regarded as the fastest player in the NFL and as a Pro Bowl starter in his first three seasons, he has established himself as one of the elite running backs in the league. Unheralded out of Orlando, Florida, Johnson emerged as a senior at East Carolina where he broke out for 2,960 all-purpose yards and 24 touchdowns.
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Striking The Pose: Why the 2016 Heisman race is surprising, but not unusual - Sports Illustrated
Google News - 3 months
ABC News Striking The Pose: Why the 2016 Heisman race is surprising, but not unusual Sports Illustrated Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson have anchored one of the most surprising Heisman Trophy races of recent memory, but it still breaks along trend lines. Share. Chris Johnson. 2 hours ago. This story appears in the December 12, 2016, issue of Sports ... The 2016 Heisman Trophy Dream Class That Never WasBleacher Report Lamar Jackson was just playing a video game all year longFOXSports.com The metrics case for each Heisman finalistESPN Sun Sentinel -Yahoo Sports -International Business Times -Atlanta Journal Constitution all 398 news articles »
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After Pitt loss, No. 2 Clemson faces troubling comparison: Are Tigers like '14 Florida State? - Sports Illustrated
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Sports Illustrated After Pitt loss, No. 2 Clemson faces troubling comparison: Are Tigers like '14 Florida State? Sports Illustrated After surviving several close calls this season, No. 2 Clemson finally fell, losing to Pittsburgh on a last-minute 48-yard field goal. Share. Chris Johnson. Sunday November 13th, 2016. This college football season has been defined by an absence of chaos. Upsets rock the undefeated as three of the nation's top four teams are toppledWashington Post Pittsburgh vs. Clemson: Score and Twitter ReactionBleacher Report Playoff shakeup: Pitt's upset leaves questions for ClemsonUSA TODAY Los Angeles Times -NJ.com -Detroit Free Press -FOXSports.com all 251 news articles »
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Briles hopes Stidham will be back for Baylor’s bowl game
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
After unsuccessfully trying to beat Texas with his fourth-string quarterback on Saturday, Baylor coach Art Briles is hopeful that Jarrett Stidham will be back for the No. 19 Bears’ Dec. 29 Russell Athletic Bowl game against No. 10 North Carolina. “I think there’s a chance,” Briles told reporters Monday in Waco. “Next Monday, we’ll know a lot more. He’s going to have another bone scan. If it shows where it’s healed, then I think he can start his rehab, which would be about the time we start bowl prep.” Stidham was lost for the regular season after chipping a bone in his leg in the first half of Baylor’s 45-35 victory over Oklahoma State Nov. 21 in Stillwater. The freshman from Stephenville has been in a walking boot since that game. Before the injury, Stidham assumed the Bears’ starting role after Seth Russell went down with a broken bone in his neck Oct. 24 against Iowa State. Stidham has appeared in 10 games for Baylor this season, throwing for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns. ...
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Halftime: UT 20, Baylor 0
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
WACO — Baylor coach Art Briles probably has had worse days in his life. But it’s probably been a long time since he’s struggled through as bad a first half as today at McLane Stadium. Texas has jumped all over the Bears for a 20-0 halftime lead. Making matters worse, Baylor third-string quarterback Chris Johnson has been lost for the game with an apparent head and ankle injury. It’s brought converted wide receiver-turned-quarterback Lynx Hawthorne into the lineup after Johnson’s injury late in the first quarter. The game started badly when Baylor marched 45 yards on its first possession, but Shock Linwood was stopped short on fourth-and-1 from the UT 30 on the game’s first possession. It was the first time that Baylor had been held without a touchdown on their first possession this season. UT took immediate advantage as Tyrone Swoopes hooked up with Caleb Blueitt on a 57-yard touchdown pass, capping a three-play, 70-yard scoring drive. After a Baylor punt, Texas scored agai ...
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Halftime: TCU 14, Baylor 14
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
FORT WORTH — Sloppy conditions on a night not fit for much football have played a big part in the 14-all halftime time between TCU and Baylor. The Bears have three turnovers in the first half and TCU has two. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has completed 7 of 15 passes for 97 yards. And Baylor quarterback Chris Johnson, making his first career start, has completed 6 of 13 passes for 58 yards. Baylor started the game with a 61-yard, 11-play drive that included two successful fourth-down conversions. Devin Chafin scored on the second fourth-down conversion on a 1-yard plunge to give the Bears a 7-0 advantage. TCU answered on the ensuing possession with a 63-yard, four-play drive capped by a 25-yard pass from Boykin to freshman Jarrison Stewart to tie the score at 7. The Bears marched 75 yards on the next possession in seven plays in a drive that took 1:27. Chafin scored on a 5-yard TD run to give Baylor the lead. TCU tied the score after Johnson fumbled at the TCU 44. Josh C ...
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Big 12 pick: Why Baylor will persevere and beat TCU tonight in Fort Worth
Houston Chronicle - about 1 year
FORT WORTH — All right, so my pick of Texas last night was as soggy as Mom’s turkey tettrazzini will be at a lot of households tonight. But on to tonight’s Big 12 game. Baylor and TCU will stage their next version of “The Holy War” between the Big 12’s only private schools. The game doesn’t has as much meat on the bone as most believed back in August before injuries wrecked both teams over the course of the season. Baylor still has a slim chance to win the Big 12 and perhaps advance to the College Football Playoffs if the Bears can win tonight, beat Texas next week in Waco and also hope that Oklahoma State stuns Oklahoma in Bedlam. To do so, they’ll have to beat their oldest and most tradition-packed rivals in TCU. There’s still a lot of interest for tonight’s game for many reasons. TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is expected to play after missing most of the last two games with a sprained ankle in what would be his final home game. Baylor is down to third-string quarterba ...
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How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Our people are being thrown off buildings and they're stoned to death," Neil Grungras, the executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, told me this week, speaking about the plight of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the grip of ISIS in Syria. The photos and videos of gruesome atrocities committed against them have gone viral around the world, with reports of men executed on the charge of engaging in sodomy. Michael Lavers at The Washington Blade has done a great deal of reporting on this ghastly reality, quoting leaders of LGBT refugee support groups and others who discuss blood-curdling reports of violence by ISIS, including one report about a transgender woman who was hung from her breasts. "You couldn't get more desperate," Grugras said. "You couldn't get a situation that's more shouting for justice." Those LGBT Syrians that do make it to Turkey or elsewhere as refugees seeking permanent, new homes, find themselves with little supp ...
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How These Gay and Bisexual Members of Congress Sold Out Desperate LGBT Syrian Refugees
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Our people are being thrown off buildings and they're stoned to death," Neil Grungras, the executive director of the Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration, told me this week, speaking about the plight of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the grip of ISIS in Syria. The photos and videos of gruesome atrocities committed against them have gone viral around the world, with reports of men executed on the charge of engaging in sodomy. Michael Lavers at The Washington Blade has done a great deal of reporting on this ghastly reality, quoting leaders of LGBT refugee support groups and others who discuss blood-curdling reports of violence by ISIS, including one report about a transgender woman who was hung from her breasts. "You couldn't get more desperate," Grugras said. "You couldn't get a situation that's more shouting for justice." Those LGBT Syrians that do make it to Turkey or elsewhere as refugees seeking permanent, new homes, find themselves with little suppor ...
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Baylor’s impressive victory at OSU keeps them atop Dirty Dozen
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
Sunday night means it’s time to rank the 12 Texas FBS programs as our “Dirty Dozen” for the week. Here’s how we rank them. Baylor (9-1, 6-1, next game Friday @ TCU) — The banged-up Bears lost Shock Linwood and Seth Russell and didn’t miss a beat against Oklahoma State. A gutty effort by third-string quarterback Chris Johnson enabled them to claim an impressive victory at OSU — their first since 1939 — and kept their flickering Big 12 and CFP hopes alive. TCU (9-2, 7-2, next game Friday vs. Baylor) — Gary Patterson went for the jugular with his unsuccessful two-point attempt at Oklahoma, but his team played well to give them a shot at what would have been a stunning upset. Trevone Boykin might have rested against the Sooners and the Horned Frogs would like nothing better than to spoil the Bears’ three-peat Big 12 hopes. Houston (10-1, 6-1, next game Saturday vs. Navy) — The Cougars’ unbeaten hopes were quashed by some trickeration at Connecticut. But they still have hopes of m ...
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Roundup: Baylor Hands Oklahoma State Its First Loss
NYTimes - over 1 year
The Bears’ backup quarterback, Chris Johnson, threw for two scores and ran for another in dealing a serious blow to the Cowboys’ playoff hopes.
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An Open Letter From 50 Black Yale Alumni
Huffington Post - over 1 year
We, the undersigned Black alumni of Yale University who work in multiple fields pertaining to racial justice and Black culture, write with deep frustration, concern and offense over the hostile and violent racial conditions that your students recently brought to national attention. Having lived through experiences like this at Yale and been made painfully aware of similar environments elsewhere, we applaud and are inspired by the students' assertion that they are unstoppable; we raise our voices in solidarity with theirs in order to further bring light to the systemic violation facing students in institutions of higher learning across this country, and indeed, around the world. We know that Black students at Yale are underrepresented, as are Black faculty. We know that the university's resistance to organized labor negatively impacts those who work at Yale as well as all those living in the New Haven community. We know that departures by Black faculty and other faculty of color ...
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This week: No. 21 Houston at UCF
Houston Chronicle - over 1 year
When: 11 a.m. Saturday. Where: Bright House Networks Stadium (45,000); Orlando, Fla. TV/Radio: ESPNews/950 KPRC-AM Line: Houston by 20 1/2 • • • UCF • Head coach: George O’Leary (12th season) • Record: 0-7 (0-3 American Athletic Conference East) • Series history: UCF leds 5-1. • Last week: Lost to Temple 30-16 in Philadelphia. • Last meeting: UCF won 17-12 on Oct. 2, 2014, at TDECU Stadium. • About the Knights: After winning at least a share of the first two American Athletic Conference championships, UCF is off to its worst start since going 0-11 in 2004. The Knights are last in FBS in scoring (15.7), total offense (254.4) and rushing (53.4). UCF joins Wake Forest as the only FBS program to start a true freshman at quarterback, running back and wide receiver at one point this season. UCF is coming off one of its best games of the season, holding a 16-14 lead over unbeaten AAC East leader Temple entering the fourth quarter Saturday. Running back William Stanback, an Al ...
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FOOTBALL: Goal ace Harness wins Horncastle awards
Horncastle News - almost 2 years
Horncastle Town’s clubhouse was packed to the rafters last Friday evening for the club’s senior presentation night. The first team’s top scorer Michael Harness deservedly collected both the Player’s Player and Supporter’s Player of the season in what has been his most successful season at the club. Centre back, Steve Brown was awarded Paul Johnson’s Manager’s Player of the season and 17-year-old, Ben Fidling received Most Improved Player. As for the Reserves, their top scorer Luke Blondel was awarded Player’s Player of the season by his teammates. ‘Keeper Jason Stamford, in his first season at the club, picked up Andrew Fenn’s Manager’s Player of the season trophy. Callum Hotchin collected Most Improved Player. A Special Merit Award went to Chris Johnson whose tenure in charge of his junior team has come to an end after seven years. Liam Smith was awarded Clubman of the year, for his commitment to helping with all aspects of the club.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Johnson
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 25
    He was placed on injured reserve on October 4, 2016 with a groin injury.
    More Details Hide Details As of week 3 of the 2016 NFL season. Source: NFL.com In the early morning of March 8, 2015, Johnson was shot in the shoulder during a drive-by in Orlando, Florida in which the driver of the vehicle, Dreekius Oricko Johnson, was killed. Reggie Johnson, who also was in the car, sustained injuries to the shoulder, leg, and hand. In 2013, Johnson appeared on an episode of Ink Master as a special guest judge. Before the 2013 NFL season Johnson participated in the National Geographic’s “Man v. Cheetah” documentary. On the show Johnson raced a cheetah on a 220-foot-long course with a wall separating them. The cheetah won.
    Johnson re-signed with the Cardinals on a one-year, $3 million contract on March 17, 2016.
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  • 2015
    Age 24
    Johnson finished the 2015 regular season with 196 carries for 814 yards and 3 touchdowns.
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    He was then placed on the injured reserve with a designation to return list on December 1, 2015.
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    On November 29, 2015, Johnson suffered a fractured tibia during the Week 12 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
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    On August 17, 2015, Johnson agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson was having a great season and was in the top 3 in rushing yards for more than half the season, looking like the young, spry CJ2K in Tennessee.
    The Jets declined the second year of Johnson's contract on February 15, 2015 making him a free agent in the 2015 offseason.
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  • 2014
    Age 23
    Johnson agreed to a three-year contract worth $9 million per year with the New York Jets on April 16, 2014.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson finished the season with 153 carries for 663 yards and one touchdown.
    On April 4, 2014 the Titans released Johnson.
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  • 2012
    Age 21
    After participating in the Titan summer training camp prior to the 2012 season, Johnson initially struggled during his first two games of the 2012 season gaining just 21 yards on a total of 19 rushing attempts, highlighted by an 11 carry-4 yard effort against the New England Patriots.
    More Details Hide Details During recent interviews Johnson appeared to be frustrated with the new direction Titan's offensive coordinator Chris Palmer is running, electing to bring a more run-and-shoot offensive scheme to the Titans and not focusing on establishing the rushing attack. Palmer was fired later on in the season. In week 4 he finally showed his abilities with 25 carries for 141 yards, but Tennessee still lost 38-14. He followed that up with only 24 yards on 15 carries against the Minnesota Vikings. On Thursday Night Football he ran for 91 yards on 19 carries against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a 26-23 victory. He followed that up with a great game against the Buffalo Bills in which he ran for 195 yards and 2 touchdowns on only 18 carries. With an 83-yard touchdown, Johnson broke an NFL record with his fourth rushing touchdown of 80 yards or more. The Tennessee Titans won the game 35-34. He then ran for 99 yards on 21 carries in an overtime loss to the Indianapolis Colts, 19-13. He got off to a relatively slow start against the Chicago Bears, fumbling twice. In the fourth quarter he ran for an 80-yard touchdown, extending his record with 5 80-yard touchdowns. He finished with 16 carries for 141 yards, but the Titans still lost 51-20. In the next game he ran for 126 yards on 23 carries and a 17-yard touchdown ending the Miami Dolphins streak of 22 consecutive games without allowing a 100-yard rusher.
    After a frustrating season, Johnson elected to participate in the Titans' off-season training program in preparation for the 2012 season.
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    If the Titans had released Johnson prior the March 2012 deadline, they would have saved $17 million and Johnson would have become a free agent.
    More Details Hide Details During the 2011 season, Johnson struggled throughout the season under offensive coordinator Chris Palmer.
    Johnson's contract calls for an $8 million salary in 2012 that became guaranteed in March; he also will receive a guaranteed salary of $9 million since the fifth day of the 2013 league year passed.
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    In early November, a report surfaced that Johnson could be released by the Titans prior to the fifth day of the 2012 league year, which begins every March.
    More Details Hide Details At the time of the report, Johnson was having the worst season of his career with just 302 rushing yards and one touchdown on 107 carries through the season's first seven games.
  • 2011
    Age 20
    During the summer training camp prior to the 2011 season, Johnson initially did not show up to camp, pending contract negotiations.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson felt he was due a considerably larger sum of money. As the leading rusher since 2008 (4,598 yards) he was set to make $1.065 million in 2011, under existing contract terms (approximately 10% of the money paid to the second-place rusher for the same period). On September 1, Johnson became the highest paid running back, agreeing to a four-year, $53.5 million contract extension, including $30 million guaranteed, with the Titans, ending his holdout.
    On January 14, 2011, Johnson was selected to the 2011 Pro Bowl, his third in three years.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 2009
    Age 18
    After his 2009 season, the media referred to him as "CJ2K".
    More Details Hide Details To start the 2010 NFL Season the Tennessee Titans took on the Oakland Raiders at LP Field. Chris Johnson scored on a 76-yard TD run in the second quarter and again on a 4-yard run in the third. Johnson had a slow start to the game but ended it with 142 yards on 27 carries with a yard per carry average of 5.3 yards. The next week the Titans took on the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers ended Johnson's streak of 100 yard games and limited him to only 34 yards. He did have an 85-yard touchdown run but it was called back on a holding penalty. The Titans then took on the New York Giants. Johnson had 124 yards on 34 carries. He would next have yet another 100 yard game against the Dallas Cowboys gaining 131 yards on 19 carries along with two touchdowns one of which ended up being the game winner with 3:28 left. After dreadful performances against the Houston Texans and Jacksonville Jaguars, Johnson bounced back to rush for 110 yard and 1 TD against the Colts.
    He was named the NFL's Offensive Player of the Year in 2009.
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    Some consider the 2009 season of Chris Johnson to be one of the best ever in NFL history for a running back.
    More Details Hide Details He rushed for 2,006 yards to become one of only seven players in NFL history to be in the 2000 rushing yards club. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry and 125.4 yards per game to lead the league. He had 2,509 total yards from scrimmage, breaking Marshall Faulk's single-season record.
    Entering into the 2009 season, however, Johnson dismissed the nickname of "Smash and Dash" and named himself "Every Coach's Dream."
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    Johnson finished second in AP Rookie of the Year voting to Matt Ryan and was elected to the 2009 Pro Bowl.
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  • 2008
    Age 17
    Johnson split carries with RB LenDale White for the duration of the 2008 season.
    More Details Hide Details White finished the 2008 season with 773 yards on 200 carries for a 3.9 ypc and 15 rushing touchdowns. They nicknamed this RB tandem "Smash and Dash." Smash referred to White due to his power, and Dash referred to Johnson due to his unusual quickness and speed.
    In only his 6th NFL Game Johnson rushed for 168 yards and a touchdown on only 18 carries against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 19, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Chris Johnson finished the season with 1,228 yards on 251 carries for a 4.9 ypc and 43 receptions for 260 yards and 10 total TDs in 15 games. He led all rookies in rushing yards per game with 81.9 ypg.
    He had his professional debut with the Tennessee Titans on September 7, 2008 where he played in the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, which the Titans won 17–10.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson rushed for 93 yards on 15 carries and had 3 receptions for 34 yards and a touchdown. In only his second career game, Johnson ran for 109 yards on 19 carries, including a 51-yard run, and 2 receptions for 12 yards. On September 28, Johnson rushed for the first touchdown of his career against the Minnesota Vikings. Johnson finished the game with 75 all-purpose yards (61 rushing, 14 receiving) and 2 TD's.
    Johnson was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the first round (24th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details He was the highest East Carolina player selected in the NFL Draft since Robert Jones went 24th overall in the 1992 NFL Draft. On July 26, he signed a five-year, $12 million contract with $7 million guaranteed.
    Prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, Johnson was projected as a second- to third-round draft pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.
    More Details Hide Details However, at the combine he registered a time of 4.24 seconds and tied the all-time mark set by Rondel Menendez, a wide receiver from Eastern Kentucky, in 1999—the first year the combine used electronic timers. Johnson was also fifth highest among running backs in the vertical jump with a 35-inch jump. His 10-foot, 10-inch broad jump was third best among the running backs.
  • 2007
    Age 16
    In Johnson's final collegiate game, the 2007 Hawai'i Bowl against Boise State, Johnson rushed for 223 yards on 28 carries and a touchdown as the Pirates won, 41–38.
    More Details Hide Details Johnson also had three receptions for 32 yards and a score and had six kick returns for 153 yards for a career-high and NCAA FBS record of 408 all-purpose yards and two scores. Source:
  • 2004
    Age 13
    Johnson was also a standout track star at Olympia High School. In his senior year, he finished second in the 100 metres at the 2004 Florida 4A state championships behind 2008 Olympic bronze medalist Walter Dix.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, Johnson also finished his senior season posting personal bests of 10.50 (the nation's 10th fastest in 2004) and 21.28 (the nation's 24th fastest in 2004) in the 100 metres and 200 metres respectively. In his junior year he qualified for the finals of the Florida State meet with a preliminary time of 10.83 seconds. Walter Dix won the event with a 10.46 in the finals, Johnson placed 4th with a time of 10.66. He anchored the 4 x 100 meters relay team that won Golden South and Golden West National Championships. His personal bests are 10.38 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.28 seconds in the 200 meters. Johnson enrolled in East Carolina University, and was a member of the East Carolina Pirates football team. He made an immediate impact in all 11 games, as he eventually started seven games on the season. He finished the season on the Conference USA All-Freshman squad as a running back. He recorded a reception in 10 straight games which was a team-best. He finished the season with 561 yards rushing and 765 yards on kick returns for 1,562 all-purpose yards, all team-highs. He finished the season by being ranked 24th in the nation for all-purpose yardage, and also rushed for five touchdowns. He finished the season with eight school game or season records for a freshman and finished the year with 32 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns, second on the team.
    Johnson was born in Orlando, Florida. He played football at Olympia High School in Orlando. Considered only a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Johnson was not ranked among the nation's top running back prospects in 2004.
    More Details Hide Details He selected East Carolina over Eastern Kentucky and UConn.
  • OTHER
  • 1985
    Age -6
    Born on September 23, 1985.
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