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Former SFA standout Gus Johnson prepared to start in Cowboys preseason opener

OXNARD, CA (KTRE) -

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo said he believes in former SFA Lumberjack Gus Johnson in an interview with The Dallas Morning News. The quarterback will have to trust Johnson now he is expected to start the Cowboys preseason opener on Thursday.

Johnson has been taking first team reps the last few days as the running back, where Romo said Johnson did a good job and that he's got a chance in the league.

“Obviously anytime you have the ability to run the football it makes 11 guys job quite a bit easier. So I think for us it's just about going out there and executing each play. It's not about an individual or what specific play is called. It's about doing your best with what that play is and if each guy does that we'll be fine,” said Romo.

People who claim to be Cowboys fans will have no choice but to get to know the name “Gus Johnson” and Stephen F Austin head football coach Clint Conque has noticed the national attention he's brought back to the university.

“I did a 30 minute interview with NFL.com and through social media, it's out there. He needs to play well. Obviously he's on a big stage and I'm sure he'll be nervous, but if he just plays the way he's capable, the way he's been practicing with ball security and running behind his pads, showing the great vision and balance that he did in his college career, I think he'll be just fine,” said Conque.

Johnson was an undrafted rookie who signed as a priority free agent with the Oakland Raiders, before being released shortly after. The Dallas Cowboys then gave him a tryout, where they later signed him to come to their Training Camp in Oxnard, California.

The Cowboys preseason opener will be against the Chargers in San Diego Thursday starting at 9 p.m. CT.

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