Roschon Johnson earns Big 12 award

Published 12:38 pm Monday, October 7, 2019

Port Neches-Groves early graduate Roschon Johnson earned his first Big 12 weekly award of his football career.

Johnson carried 21 times for 121 yards in the University of Texas’ 42-31 win at West Virginia on Saturday for his first career 100-yard game. Johnson’s rushing total is the biggest for a UT true freshman since Chris Warren III went for 276 yards on Texas Tech on Nov. 26, 2015. Seven of Johnson’s 21 carries resulted in first downs.

Johnson graduated from PNG last December and enrolled at UT the following month as a quarterback. The Longhorns’ backfield was thinned due to injuries going into the season opener against Louisiana Tech, prompting the coaching staff to move Johnson, who ran for nearly 5,000 yards at PNG, to running back. Johnson now has 268 yards and a touchdown on 55 carries, just 45 yards behind Keaontay Ingram for the team lead.

Johnson also has caught 86 yards and a TD on 10 passes.

Texas now has two Big 12 weekly award winners. Senior wideout Devin Duvernay caught 12 passes for 154 yards against then-No. 6 LSU on Sept. 9 in a loss.

The No. 11 Longhorns (4-1, 2-0 in Big 12) will take on the No. 6 Oklahoma Sooners (5-0, 2-0) at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Red River Showdown in Dallas. Fox (KBTV-4) will televise the game.

About I.C. Murrell

I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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