WACO, Texas – On the heels of the greatest rushing season in Stephen F. Austin history, running back Gus Johnson has been named a first team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), announced today by the organization.
With the honor, Johnson becomes the 65th first team All-American in Lumberjack program history, becoming the first first team AFCA honoree since quarterback Jeremy Moses and defensive lineman Kenneth Charles in 2010. Johnson was the only Southland Conference player to receive first team AFCA All-America honors.
It is a fitting conclusion to the greatest rushing season and career in program history. Johnson ends his SFA career in sole possession of eight Lumberjack records, tied for the most in program history with Moses, who served as Johnson's position coach in 2014.
In 2014, Johnson set the Lumberjack and Southland Conference single-season rushing record with 1,683 yards while racking up 23 rushing touchdowns, a new SFA program record. He tied his single-game program record with four rushing touchdowns against Incarnate Word, marking the third time in his career he notched a four-touchdown game, and set the Lumberjack single-season record for points in a season with 138.
His efforts on the season ranked him among the nation's top-10 in five different statistical categories as he was named a Walter Payton Award finalist, the second in SFA program history (finishing ninth in the voting). Following the end of the regular season Johnson was first nationally in touchdowns, third in both yards per carry (6.78) and scoring (11.0), fourth in rushing yards and seventh in rushing yards per game (133.4).
Johnson's 2014 season helped him etch his name in SFA program history as the Lumberjacks' all-time rushing king, setting the program records for career rushing yards (3,907), rushing touchdowns (51) and total touchdowns (52). He ends his time in Nacogdoches ranked fifth all-time in SLC history in rushing yards, sitting third all-time in rushing touchdowns and fourth all-time in career touchdowns.
The Gilmer native closed his SFA career with 21 100-yard rushing games and six 200-yard performances, both of which are tops all-time in program history. Johnson is hoping to continue his football career, accepting an invitation to the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl next month in Carson, Calif.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. What makes these teams so special is that they are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
Gus Johnson SFA Program Records
• Single Game Rushing Touchdowns: 4 (three times, last vs. Incarnate Word, Sept. 6, 2014)
• Season Rushing Yards: 1,683 in 2014 (SLC single season record)
• Season Rushing Touchdowns: 23 in 2014
• Season Total Touchdowns: 23 in 2014
• Season Points: 138 in 2014
• Career Rushing Yards: 3,907 from 2011-14
• Career Rushing Touchdowns: 51 from 2011-14
• Career Total Touchdowns: 52 from 2011-14