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Sports / Recreation

Johnson named All-America by College Football News

January 16, 2009

Running back Gartrell Johnson has been named by College Football News an honorable-mention All-American, the publication announced this week.

Gartrell JohnsonThe honor is the latest in a long line of accolades garnered by Johnson, a 6-foot, 227-pound back from Miami Springs, Fla., Johnson also earned first-team all-Mountain West honors, CSU’s Fum McGraw Most Valuable Player, and the New Mexico Bowl Offensive Player of the Game.

East-West Shrine Game

Johnson currently is in Houston, Texas, where he’s preparing for Saturday’s East-West Shrine Game. Johnson, who joins Boise State’s Ian Johnson and TCU’s Aaron Brown in the backfield for the West squad, is hoping to gain an invitation to the NFL combine after this weekend. Last season, CSU’s Jesse Nading played in the contest before signing with the Houston Texans as a free agent.

Record year

The Mountain West’s 2008 rushing leader, Johnson ranked 13th in the nation (113.5 yards per game). He became the first CSU player to lead the conference in rushing since Cecil Sapp in 2002, claiming the title in a victorious New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20) with a CSU bowl-record and career-high 285 rushing yards, the second-most ever in a single game by a Rams player. He also had 90 receiving yards, totaling 375 combined rushing and receiving yards, most ever by a player in an NCAA bowl game.

All told, 11 Mountain West Conference football players from six league institutions were named as All-Americans for the 2008 season. The MWC's 11 student-athletes to reach CFN All-America status ties the highest amount for the league in a single season. The previous record was set in 2007.