May 9, 2011

Tulsa's Johnson making history

While some might find it hard to believe, Tulsa is home to one of the nation's most prolific playmakers in college football. Damaris Johnson, the NCAA's all-time leader in all-purpose and kick return yardage, still has a full season to make those two records almost impossible to break.

Johnson burst on to the national landscape as a true freshman in 2008. After finishing second in the nation in total all-purpose yards, he received Freshman All-America accolades from the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), The Sporting News, and Phil Steele's magazine.

In his freshman season, Johnson had a team and Conference USA-leading 2,475 all-purpose yards for a 176.8 average per game. He caught a team-high 53 passes for 743 yards and a team-best 10 touchdowns, totaled 327 rushing yards for an 8.0 average per carry and one touchdown, and established a new single-season school kick-off return record with 1,382 yards for a 25.6 average and one TD.

Many wondered how he could possibly top that performance as a sophomore in 2009. Well, he did.

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