NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin All-American Gus Johnson has received an invitation to the 2015 NFL Combine being held February 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"We're very proud of Gus and this invitation is very deserving," said head coach Clint Conque. "He had an incredible career here at SFA and a special season in 2014 in which he set multiple school and conference records. His goal to play in the NFL just took another big step with this invitation and we could not be more happy for him and his family. He will be a great representative of SFA football."
The NFL Combine is a week-long showcase where the top collegiate prospects put their skills on display for representatives from all 32 NFL teams. Participation is by invitation only as players demonstrate their skills in drills such as the 40-yard dash, bench press, shuttles and position-specific drills. Participants also have personal interviews with teams as well as mental tests such as the Wonderlic Test.
The invitation for Johnson comes on the heels of the greatest rushing season in both SFA and Southland Conference history as he rushed for a record 1,683 yards and 23 touchdowns. The all-time rushing leader in Lumberjack history with 3,907 yards and 52 touchdowns, Johnson owns eight program records, tied with Jeremy Moses for the most all-time.
The 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year, Johnson ranked among the top-10 nationally in five different statistical categories, helping guide SFA to an 8-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA FCS playoffs for the first time since 2010. He finished ninth in the Walter Payton Award voting for the top player in the FCS, being named a first team All-American from the American Football Coaches Association, FCS Sports Network and Beyond Sports Network while garnering second team honors from the Associated Press.
Johnson looks to add to a long line of Lumberjack success in the NFL as 67 former SFA players have suited up at the sport's highest level, including four-time Pro Bowler Jeremiah Trotter, 1982 NFL MVP Mark Moseley and current Houston Texan Josh Aubrey.
Stay tuned to SFAJacks.com as well as @SFA_Football on Twitter for updates on Johnson as he looks to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL, leading up to the 2015 NFL Draft April 30-May 2 at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago.