NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin senior running back Gus Johnson has been named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced today by the league office. It is the third weekly conference honor of Johnson's career.
In addition, the Sports Network has named the running back its FCS National Co-Offensive Player of the Week, sharing the award with Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.
Johnson had a career night in SFA's 38-3 victory over Incarnate Word Saturday evening, setting a personal-best with 252 yards on 25 carries and four touchdowns against the Cardinals. It was the second-best single game rushing performance in program history, trailing only Isiah Stoker's 289 yards against Jacksonville State in 1999.
The Gilmer native etched the third four-touchdown game of his career and in the process moved past Leonard Harris as SFA's all-time career rushing touchdown leader, crossing the goal line for the 33rd time. He is now tied for second in program history with 34 career touchdowns (33 rushing, 1 receiving), trailing Cordell Roberson's program-best 39 receiving touchdowns.
A two-time All-SLC performer and preseason first team selection, Johnson became just the sixth player in program history to eclipse 2,500 career rushing yards, sitting at 2,502. He is just 32 yards shy of surpassing Paul Hood's (1977-80) 2,533 career rushing yards to move into fifth place all-time.
McNeese State's Aaron Sam was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week with Southeastern Louisiana Ryan Adams picking up Special Team Player of the Week nod. Collin Garrett (defensive) and Jordan Wiggs (special teams) both received honorable mention recognition as well.
Johnson and the rest of the Lumberjacks continue their four-game home stand this Saturday, hosting former longtime Lone Star Conference rival Texas A&M-Commerce. Opening kick against the Lions is set for 6 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium.