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ECU's Chris Johnson Named 1st Team All-America

Discussion in 'Draft Zone' started by Goldenrichards83, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. Goldenrichards83

    Goldenrichards83 Active Member

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    East Carolina senior RB/RS Chris Johnson was named First-Team All-America by Pro Football Weekly (kickoff return specialist) while also earning Honorable Mention All-America honors by CollegeFootballNews.com (KOR specialist and running back) and SI.com (KOR specialist) according to an announcement by the three media entities.
    The nation's active leader in career all-purpose yardage and kickoff return yardage, Johnson leads C-USA and ranks 15th in the nation in kickoff return average this season at 28.5 per return. He has set or tied 11 school records as a senior as well as two conference records for kickoff returns and KOR yardage. Johnson owns two of the top three single-game all-purpose yardage performance in the FBS this season.
    A native of Orlando, Fla., Johnson racked up on post-season awards this year as he was named first-team All- Conference USA kick returner by the leagues head coaches and media members and selected to the second-team as a running back by the coaches. He also made a clean sweep of yearly honors after taking home the C-USA Special Teams Player-of-the-Year award by the leagues head coaches and media members.
    Johnson becomes the first Pirate to garner any All-America accolades since Travis Williams' honorable mention selection in 2004 as a punt returner. He also becomes ECU's initial first-team choice since Tom Scott earned similar honors from The Sporting News and Football News in
  2. J-DOG

    J-DOG Active Member

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    But I thought he played against sorry competition?:rolleyes:
    I guess somebody out there thinks Chris Johnson is a good player.
  3. AsthmaField

    AsthmaField Outta bounds

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    A good kickoff returner, that is.
  4. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    he did. Notice he made it as a KR. Nothing really that great. Hes a speed back with not much else.

    I wouldn't mind him in the 2nd though. JarJar wouldn't be a bad pick either. Both have speed to spare.
  5. DaBoys4Life

    DaBoys4Life Benched

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    man this is good to hear good he gets some type of press.
  6. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    He did, and not only was it a lousy schedule, every team in their conference save one (Southern Miss) gave up an average of at least 30+pts per game defensively...see below:

    2007 Football Schedule and Results
    DATE OPPONENT RESULT/TIME RECORD/TICKETS
    September 1 at No. 9 Virginia Tech L 17-7 0-1 (0-0)
    September 8 North Carolina W 34-31 1-1 (0-0)
    September 15 Southern Miss L 28-21 1-2 (0-1)
    September 22 at No. 5 West Virginia L 48-7 1-3 (0-1)
    September 29 at Houston W 37-35 2-3 (1-1)
    October 6 UCF W 52-38 3-3 (2-1)
    October 13 at UTEP W 45-42 4-3 (3-1)
    October 20 North Carolina State L 34-20 4-4 (3-1)
    October 27 UAB W 41-6 5-4 (4-1)
    November 3 at Memphis W 56-40 6-4 (5-1)
    November 10 at Marshall L 26-7 6-5 (5-2)
    November 24 Tulane W 35-12 7-5 (6-2)
    December 23 vs No. 24 Boise State W 41-38 8-5 (6-2)
  7. TheCount

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    :lmao2:

    Yeah, he's really starving for press and hype after the combine.
  8. Goldenrichards83

    Goldenrichards83 Active Member

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    So now its the folks he played. But guys like Mckelvin and Cromartie who are 1st rders who are hyped up played against weaker teams as well. No knock on them though. Why isn't Felix Jones(a guy who is clearly better than CJ) a 1st team All-American?
    Speaking of weaker competition, Randy Moss, Terrel Owens, Tony Romo and Ladainian Tomlison also played against weaker competition in their college career. They turned out okay.
  9. ctrous25

    ctrous25 Stay Classy Philly/Minny

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    good dude you have the best draft scenario I have seen on here
  10. dbair1967

    dbair1967 Arch Defender

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    man you are really spazzing out over Chris Johnson GR.

    Yeah, you can find some exceptions everywhere...arguably the greatest RB of alltime came from Jackson St...

    1st team all america is nice GR, but hardly an indicator of NFL success..

    David
  11. Goldenrichards83

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    Not really. I just posted something great about him and you chose to knock it. Just like you posted an article yesterday about RBs and in your heading you said that Chris Johnson fans are cringing or something like that I don't remember but basically saying because Kirwan had him slotted as the # 8th or 9th back like it has credence in what he will be as a RB. So I tell you because of what he wrote about CJ isn't an indicator of him being unsuccessful now is it. And I know this isn't an indicator of success nor have i said that. But you are so quick to knock the guy that anybody that doesn't follow your way of thinking on this you consider them spazzing out? I really respect your football IQ but on this subject you tend to be a lil bias. JMO
  12. J-DOG

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    And who did Brian Westbrook play against at the mighty football powerhouse Villanova?:laugh2:
  13. TheCount

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    What round was Westbrook taken in again?
  14. J-DOG

    J-DOG Active Member

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    And how good a rb is he now?
    That's the point.
    Similar skill set and similar size.
    Similar production...both led the nation in all purpose yardage in thier last year of college.
    Plus you have Chris Johnson's forty time as the ultimate X-factor.
    If anything Westbrook's success is a bigger reason to draft Chris Johnson higher.
  15. TheCount

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    If we landed Chris Johnson in the third round, I don't think anyone would complain.

    However using a different player to say a rookie should be taken higher is silly. Especially when you're comparing a guy that hasn't played a down in the NFL to one of the top 5 backs in the league.
  16. DFWJC

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    :banghead:

    Your information in wrong...period. On all accounts actually. 8 of the 13 teams ECU played gave up less than 30 ppg. The whole schedule should be taken into account...as I am positive that you know. Even if just the CUSA schedule was used, you would be wrong again. UCF (yes the UCF that had Texas on the ropes until the last play) and Houston also gave up less than 30. And Virgina Tech and W. Virginia's defenses were both ranked in the top 8 in scoring defense. I'm not sure any team in the Big 12 can say they faced that. Look up the stats and get back to us.
    http://statistics.ncaafootball.com/...page=cfoot/stat/ncaa-team-scoring-defense.htm

    Having said all that, I think CJ is a very very good all around player, but I would be very hesitant in using a 1st Rd pick on him. So we agree there.

    Having said that. I think CJ is a good second Round pickup.
  17. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    Here's some more worthless trivia for you guys. ECU's RPI was in the upper half of D-1 teams and was higher than about 30% of the BCS schools...so it was not great but was not terrible either.

    http://www.vaporia.com/sports/collegefootballrpi.html
  18. dbair1967

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    I'm not knocking th guy, I just like other RB's more than him...I've said several times his KO return ability and receiving skills are impressive...its his skill as a pure RB that I dont see, or like.

    If we took him at 61 I wouldnt complain, especially if guys like Rice and Charles are gone...

    I wont be surprised if he ends up moving to WR

    David
  19. dbair1967

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    it is not a similar skill set

    Westbooks running ability in terms of foot quickness, cutting ability and vision are all vastly superior to CJ

    David
  20. dbair1967

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    wow your right, I was off a tad...UCF only gave up 26.6pts per game instead of 30, and Houston was 3rd in the conference at 29.2 instead of 30...thanks for pointing that out! :rolleyes:

    He did play a poor schedule no matter how you want to spin it, and the fact that he did almost nothing running the ball against Va Tech, N Carolina (which was 4-8), Southern Miss, and even 5-7 NC State is a little of a concern. Almost half his rushing yds came vs Memphis, Tulane and Boise St...those 3 teams might have 1 or 2 guys combined that will play defense in the NFL

    Standings Conference Overall
    Conference USA - East W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
    UCF 7-1 349 196 10-4 502 372 L1
    East Carolina 6-2 294 227 8-5 403 395 W2
    Memphis 6-2 259 282 7-6 380 419 L1
    Southern Miss 5-3 254 183 7-6 361 314 L1
    Marshall 3-5 223 244 3-9 298 411 -
    UAB 1-7 158 302 2-10 235 421 -
    Standings Conference Overall
    Conference USA - West W-L PF PA W-L PF PA STRK
    Tulsa 6-2 328 251 10-4 576 467 W6
    Houston 6-2 288 248 8-5 449 379 L1
    Tulane 3-5 215 256 4-8 293 375 -
    Rice 3-5 308 340 3-9 377 515 -
    UTEP 2-6 286 353 4-8 403 445 -
    Southern Methodist 0-8 251 331 1-11 340 477 -

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