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2001 Football Roster


Hansford Johnson

Class: Sr.
Position: WR
Height: 5-8
Weight: 163 pounds
Previous School: Norcross
Hometown: Norcross, GA

In the Record Books: Owns the single-game punt return yardage record ... Has the sixth best single-season punt return total ... Ranks sixth in career receptions and seventh in career punt returns ... Is also fourth in career punt return yards.

Noteworthy: A versatile player who is involved in receiving, passing and running on offense ... A dangerous threat when he is in the open field ... A very confident and intelligent player who works really hard at improving his game ... Bench presses 300 pounds, which is nearly twice his weight ... In the 20-yard shuttle run, an event that showcases speed and agility, Johnson recorded a 3.95 which would have tied for the fifth best at the 2001 NFL combines ... He also had a team best 1.65 time in the 10-yard dash.

2000: Competed in all 11 games and started eight at receiver ... Registered 31 receptions for 274 yards and two touchdowns ... Hauled in a season best seven passes for 96 yards in a win at Connecticut ... Had five catches against Florida ... Snared three or more receptions in a game six times ... Became the first player since Jonathan Quinn in 1995 to pass, throw and rush for a touchdown in a single-season ... Had receiving touchdowns against Maryland and Mississippi State, passing scores versus Maryland and UAB and a rushing touchdown against Murray State ... Completed 3 of 4 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns on the season ... Tossed a career long 44-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Newson against Maryland and had a 16 yarder to Wes Counts at UAB ... Was 2-for-2 through the air for a career-high 73 yards at Maryland ... Was third on the team in rushing with 245 yards on 12 carries ... Rushed for a career-high 86 yards on four carries against South Florida ... Had a career long run of 52 yards in a win over Murray State ... Accounted for over 100 all-purpose yards in a game six times ... Led the team in punt returns with 22 for 228 yards ... Had a personal best seven punt returns for a season-best 101 yards against Louisiana-Monroe ... Also had 11 kickoff returns for 201 yards, including a long return of 29 yards against Louisiana Tech ... Voted Skill Player MVP following the UAB game and was Special Teams Co-MVP after the Louisiana-Monroe win.

1999: One of just eight players who started and played every game for the Blue Raiders ... Was third on the team in receptions with 47 for 513 yards and four touchdowns ... Two scores came in the first two games of the season (MSU, Arizona) when he hauled in a Wes Counts aerial on the final play of each contest ... Set his career-high in receptions with eight against Mississippi State and Troy State ... Against the Trojans he also recorded his first 100-yard receiving game with 124 and two touchdowns ... Snared six passes for 56 yards against Central Florida and five at Arkansas ... Doubled as the team's punt returner where he averaged 13.0 yards a return and ranked 17th in the nation ... Johnson set the single-game record with 120 punt return yards against UT Martin.

1998: Played in all 10 games ... Caught 12 passes for 133 yards and one touchdown ... Had a career best three catches each against Murray State and Eastern Illinois ... Hauled in a 79-yard touchdown pass from Wes Counts against the Racers to total 90 receiving yards on the game ... Hauled in two catches against Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky ... Had a career best 17-yard run (reverse) in win over Tennessee Tech.

High School: As a senior he was first team all-county, honorable mention all-state, and the Atlanta Journal Player of the Week twice ... Was also a preseason all-state pick ... Named the county receiver of the year in 1997 to go along with team MVP honors ... Set the state record with five touchdown catches in a game his senior year ... Had 221 total receiving yards that same game ... Also lettered in track and baseball.

Personal: Parent: Cecilia Johnson ... Born: 10/2/80 ... Major: Finance.