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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Draft Preview: Will Johnson

Among the punters eligible for this year's NFL draft, or signing as an undrafted free agent thereafter, is Texas State's Will Johnson. He ranks in the top ten in the majority of the various draft rankings.

Excerpts from Johnson's profile page on the Bobcats' website:

2014 Senior Season
  • One of two Bobcats invited to the NFL Scouting Combine
  • named All-Sun Belt Conference Second Team punter by both College Sports Madness and Phil Steele
  • placed 21 of his punts inside the 20
  • had 16 punts over 50 yards with four resulting in a touchback
  • had a career-best 70-yard punt at Illinois, a 66-yard kick versus Arkansas State and a 64-yard punt at UL Monroe
  • named the Sun Belt Conference Player of Week on Dec. 1 after placing his only punt in the game inside the 20-yard line at the 13-yard line in the fourth quarter, tying a school-record with four field goals and having all of his 11 kickoffs result in a touchback at Georgia State
  • averaged 63.4 yards on 71 kickoffs with 46 resulting in touchbacks throughout the season.
2013 Junior Season
  • ranked eighth nationally with 46.3 percent of his punts landing inside the 20
  • also had five punts for touchbacks
  • registered 10 punts over 50 yards
  • averaged 46.6 yards on nine punts against UL Monroe
  • averaged 64.1 yards on 56 kickoffs with 38 resulting in touchbacks 
2012 Sophomore Season
  • made 12 of his 17 field goal attempts ... was successful on 43 of his 44 extra-point tries
  • broke his own school record with a 54-yard field goal against New Mexico State
  • had a season-long 59-yard punt versus Utah State 
  • averaged 63.8 yards on 37 kickoffs
  • had 20 touchbacks.
2011 Freshman Season
  • Converted 13-of-24 FG attempts (.541) and was perfect on PAT’s going 33-for-33 for 72 points 
  • kicked off 63 times for an average of 65.7 yards per kick with 17 touchbacks
  • hit a 49 and 42-yard field goal, went 4-of-4 on PAT kicks, and forced six touchbacks on seven kickoffs versus Prairie View A&M ... earned FCS Independent Player of the Week honors for his performance
High School
  • Named All-District 16-4A kicker in 2008-10... chosen Academic All-District in 2010 ... was an Academic All-State choice in 2010
  • ranked eighth among his class by Chris Sailor Kicking website kicked five field goals and 35 extra points for Rudder
  • averaged 40.9 yards on 15 punts
  • also played safety and recorded 42 tackles in 2010

College Stats:
2014: 65 punts, 43.8 yard average, long of 70 yards
2013: 41punts, 44.0 yard average, long of 65 yards
2012: 22 punts, 41.0 yard average, long of 59 yards

Last Fall, Johnson discussed the important role his parents played:
Football is a game that sits very close to Johnson's heart. When asked what his favorite thing about football was, Johnson said:
"I would say my dad. I lost my dad like a year and a half ago and he basically got me here. He worked his butt off to drive me all over the country trying to get my name out there and it just means a lot to me that I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship here and play football and have a good career [with Texas State]."
Johnson described his dad, Stanley Johnson, as being his greatest inspiration on the field and his mother, Sue Johnson, as his biggest fan.
"She's not able to make every game but she makes every home game and it's special for me because it's just her, my sister and me now so it's very special after that game to be able to visit with them and get to see them."

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