Texas running back Roschon Johnson’s unique path to stardom was brought up in The Athletic’s college football Freak List 2022. The list, compiled by Bruce Feldman, focuses on football players with the most interesting physical capabilities in the college sphere. Johnson was ranked No. 26 on Feldman’s list and was the only Big 12 running back to make the cut.
Johnson is entering his senior season as a running back with the Longhorns. He’s also on the 2022 preseason watchlist for the Doak Walker Award, which recognizes the nation’s top running back annually. Last year’s winner was Michigan State’s Kenneth Walker III, who is currently with the Seattle Seahawks.
While Johnson has experienced massive success as a running back, he originally signed with Texas as a quarterback. The Port Neches product was an All-American quarterback in high school and graduated as Port Neches-Groves’ leading all-time passer with 7,710 yards to his name. Johnson switched to running back during the 2019 fall camp as a freshman after a slew of injuries in the existing running back room.
The switch has done Johnson well. He averaged 5.5 yards per carry last season and started in all 12 games. Johnson carried the ball for 569 yards on 96 attempts last year. He’ll continue to play an important role on Texas’ offense as he enters what could be his final season of college ball.
Roschon Johnson REFUSED to go down 💪 pic.twitter.com/SnUm3hwqbR— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 19, 2021