NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Those tied in with East Texas and Stephen F. Austin University roared in cheer watching Gus Johnson's great start with the Dallas Cowboys, as quickly as they were seated with disappointment to see the running back leave the game in the third quarter.
The undrafted rookie got the starting role for the Cowboys preseason opener against the San Diego Chargers Thursday night. Johnson scored the one and only touchdown for the Cowboys but had an early exit soon after a shoulder injury. Head coach Jason Garrett later confirmed Johnson suffered an AC separation.
The former Lumberjack and Gilmer Buckeye ended the night with 35 yards for 13 carries, along with his 5-yard touchdown for Dallas in the second quarter. After crossing the end zone, Johnson was sure to throw up SFA's signature "Axe 'em Jacks" hand signal.
Timely injuries are what led to Johnson's start, and timing may be against the East Texas native now.
Darren McFadden is expected to make his training camp debut on Saturday, ESPN is reporting Lance Dunbar could return from rehab in the next couple of days and Joseph Randle will be participating in team drills shortly.
If Johnson doesn't make the 53-man roster or practice squad, he's still managed to do one thing few undrafted rookies can say they've ever done- score a touchdown in the NFL.