|5 Chris Johnson|
ECU 38, SMU 21
Rates as the top returning all-purpose back in Conference USA and as one of the top kick returners in the league ... Served as the Pirates' leader in kickoff returns and all-purpose yards for three consecutive seasons while topping the program in rushing as a freshman and sophomore before finishing second in 2006 ... Will open senior campaign in a battle for starting honors at the tailback position with Dominique Lindsay ... Was shuttled back and forth between familiar running back location and the slot receiver position as a junior ... Possesses break-away speed, quickness and elusiveness ... Used often as a pass-catching weapon out of the backfield as evidenced by his school-record 88 receptions and 768 receiving yards by a running back ... Recorded at least one reception in 30 of 34 career games played ... Displays an impressive level of toughness and resiliency, fumbling just once on the road in three years ... Turned in his top spring performance of career, focusing more on "north-south" running directives from coaching staff ... Led all rushers in initial scrimmage (3/23) with a 96-yard effort on nine carries, which included a 27-yard TD dash ... Picked up another 72 yards during second scrimmage (3/30) on 18 rushes that also included a scoring run (one-yarder) ...Closed out action with a 20 carry, 93-yard performance during the '07 Purple-Gold Game ... Named to the Preseason All-Conference USA squad (first-team) as a kick returner by league head coaches ... Also has earned preseason all-league designation by Athlon Sports and Phil Steele Magazine.
2006: Had a team-best 972 all-purpose yards (314 rushing, 176 receiving and 482 kickoff return) after successfully bouncing back from off-season neck surgery that forced him to miss spring practice ... Played in 12 games and made five starts (Navy, UAB, Memphis, West Virginia and USF) ... Selected to the All-Conference USA (first-team) squads as a kick return specialist ... Ranked fourth among all C-USA kick returners average (23.0) and stood 43rd nationally ... Named C-USA Special Teams Player-of the-Week (10/30) for efforts against Southern Miss that included a career-best 96-yard kickoff return for a TD that also garnered national recognition by ESPN ... Set a new school record for receiving yards by a running back (768) with his 15-yard grab against N.C. State in the first quarter ... Led team in kick return yards (482) ... Recorded at least one reception in nine of 12 games played ... Posted only 100-yard rushing effort of the year against Memphis (106) ... Scored four touchdowns (Navy/1, Memphis/2 and Rice/1) ... Season-long rush of 43 yards came against Rice ... Led team in rushing four times ... Had 18-game consecutive start streak snapped due to toe injury (Virginia) ... vs. Navy (9/2): Accounted for 54 all-purpose yards (16 return, 28 rushing, 10 receiving) ... Three-yard TD run in the second quarter marked the third straight game with a ground score ... Had one catch for eight yards ... vs. UAB (9/9): Rushed for a team-best 51 yards on 12 carries ... Had runs of 16 (1st quarter), 11 (2nd) and 20 (4th) ... Had 112 all-purpose yards (54 return, 51 rushing and 7 receiving) ... Returned kicks for 19 and 35 yards ... vs. Memphis (9/16): Carried the ball 22 times for a game high 106 yards ... Rushed for a pair of touchdowns (from six and five yards out) ... Returned two kickoffs for 52 yards ... Finished the game with 180 all-purpose yards (106 rush, 22 receiving and 52 return) ... vs. WVU (9/23): Carried the ball just five times (turf toe) for seven yards ... Did not serve as ECU's kickoff returner ... vs. UVA (10/7): DNP-INJ (toe) ... vs. Tulsa (10/14): Returned to action but experienced limited action, carrying the ball four times for 11 yards ... Had one reception for nine yards ... Returned a pair of kickoffs for 26 yards (19 and seven) ... vs. SMU (10/21): Caught five balls for 45 yards ... Picked up just one rushing yard on one attempt ... Returned three kickoffs for 78 yards, including a then career-long 51-yarder return to open the second half ... vs. USM (10/28): Had 136 all-purpose yards to lead all players ... Booked first career kickoff return TD (96 yards), which also ranked as the sixth longest kick return in school history ... Received national recognition by ESPN as one of its "Top 10 Plays-of-the- Day" ... Had one rush for six yards while also catching a pair of passes for 20 yards ... vs. UCF (11/4): Rushed five times for 16 yards ... Returned one kickoff for 13 yards ... vs. Marshall (11/11): Picked up 70 all-purpose yards ... Had five receptions which included a season-long 17-yarder in the second quarter ... vs. Rice (11/18): Racked up a team-high 12 rushing attempts and gained 83 yards ... Broke off a season-long 43-yard TD scamper in the third quarter ... Returned one kickoff for 23 yards ... vs. N.C. State (11/25): Had one reception for 15 yards in the first quarter and added a single rushing attempt (-2 yards) ... Returned two kickoffs for 25 yards (13, 12) ... vs. USF (12/23): Caught one pass for eight yards in a start at the Papajohns.com Bowl ... Returned four kickoffs for 58 yards ... Finished the contest with 66 all-purpose yards.
2005: Started all 11 games at the tailback slot ... Topped team in rushing with 684 yards on 176 carries (3.9 ypc) while scoring six ground TDs ...Second on unit in receiving with 35 catches (356 yards/10.2 ypr) ... On the other end of two scoring passes (Rice, Memphis) ... Racked up 459 kickoff return yards on 21 bring-backs ... Team leader in all-purpose yards with 1,499 (136.3 ypg) ... Established a new ECU career record for most receptions by running back (67) ... Authored a team-high total of eight "big plays" (20+ yards) - five rushing and three receiving ... Recipient of team's Janet Overton Decal Award (45) ... vs. Duke (9/3): Led the team in rushing with 65 yards on 20 attempts ... Longest run from scrimmage came on a 24-yard scamper ... Also registered four receptions for 48 yards ... Set a then-career-long with a 33-yard reception ... vs. Wake Forest (9/17): Carried the ball 13 times for a gain of 102 yards (7.8 ypc) ... Added a third-quarter touchdown run which fueled ECU's comeback bid ... Made three catches for 29 yards out of the backfield and racked up 253 all-purpose yards ... vs. WVU (9/24): Picked up a game-high 92 rushing yards on 22 carries ... Gained 66 ground yards in the first 30 minutes vs. Mountaineers ... Second on the team with a career-high seven receptions for 39 yards ... vs. USM (10/1): Led team with 70 yards rushing on 18 carries ... Also returned four kickoff returns for 100 total yards, the longest on a 37-yard breakout ... Topped offense in receiving with five grabs for 41 yards ... vs. Rice (10/8): Racked up a career high 129 receiving yards, which included a personal-long 81-yard TD catch from James Pinkney late in the fourth period ... Led the team in carries (13) but gained just thee yards ... Saw action on the Pirates' special teams with one kickoff return for 27 yards ... With his 129 receiving yards - combined with Aundrae Allison (109) to become the first teammates to record duo 100-yard receiving games since October 23, 1999 (Lamont Chappel/100 and Marcellus Harris/109) ... vs. SMU (10/15): Carried the ball 25 times for 63 yards ... vs. Memphis (10/22): Booked five receptions for 40 yards and rushed six times for a gain 22 yards in a limited Pirate ground game ... Returned two kickoffs for a total of 53 yards, with the longest being a 28-yarder that set up the Pirates' offense at the ECU 31 for the game's opening drive ... vs. UCF (10/29): Had nine totes for 56 yards as well as grabbing two receptions for five yards ... vs. Tulsa (11/12): Led unit in rushing with 53 yards on 10 carries ... His 39-yard gain established a new season-long ... Did not make a catch out of the backfield, halting his consecutive games with a reception streak at 18 ... vs. Marshall (11/19): Carried the ball 18 times for 106 yards, his third career triple-digit rushing effort ...Scored a career-high three touchdowns (2, 2, 16) ... Hauled in one Pinkney pass for a gain of 21 yards ... vs. UAB (11/26): Closed out the season with 52 yards on 22 attempts ... Scored on a 10-yard run as the first quarter expired... Notched 60 kickoff return yards on three attempts.
2004: Enjoyed high-impact true freshman season, playing in all 11 games while making seven starts (Wake Forest, Louisville, Tulane, Southern Miss, USF, Memphis and N.C. State) ... Selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman squad as a running back and kickoff return specialist ... Chosen as program's "Outstanding Newcomer-of-the-Year" ... Led the Pirates in rushing yards (561), kickoff return yards (765) and all-purpose yards (1,562) ... Ranked 74th in KOR and 24th in all-purpose yards (nationally) ... Also recorded team-highs with 134 carries (4.2 ypc) and rushing touchdowns (two vs. Tulane, one each against Wake Forest, Army and Memphis) ... Averaged 20.7 yards per kickoff return (37 attempts) ... Set a total of eight ECU freshman single game or single-season records ... Ranked as ECU's second-leading receiver with 32 catches for 236 yards (7.4 ypc, 21.5 ypg) ... On receiving end of two scoring tosses (Southern Miss and USF) ... Rushed for seven yards on a pair of carries vs. WVU ... Averaged 20 yards per kickoff return (5-100) against Mountaineers in collegiate debut ... Rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown vs. Wake Forest ... 86-yard jaunt vs. Demon Deacons was the second-longest rush ever by an ECU freshman and seventh longest overall ... Returned two kickoffs for 42 yards (21.0 ypr) against Wake Forest ... Led Pirates in rushing with 29 yards against Cincinnati ... Returned three kickoffs for 74 yards, including a career-long 39-yarder versus the Bearcats ... Started at tailback against Louisville carrying the ball 20 times for 65 yards ... Returned seven kickoffs for a total of 132 yards (18.8 avg.) against the Cardinals ... Set career-highs in carries (31), yards rushing (158) and touchdowns (2) in win over Tulane ... Set then-career-highs in receptions (7), yards receiving (73), long reception (29) and receiving touchdowns (1) against Southern Miss ... Carried the ball 12 times for 39 yards and a touchdown in win over Army (zero kickoff returns) ... Ran the ball eight times for 22 yards (team-best 23-yard single carry gain) and caught two passes for 18 yards against Houston .... Returned two kickoffs for 53 yards (26.5 avg.) vs. the Cougars ... Collected 212 all-purpose yards against USF (63 rushing, 58 receiving, 90 kickoff returns) ... Scored Pirates' only offensive touchdown versus USF with an 18-yard touchdown reception ... Rushed for 43 yards on 13 carries, caught six passes for 43 yards and returned two kickoffs for 43 yards versus Memphis ... Held to just 15 rushing yards (13 carries) and eight receiving yards (two catches) in season finale vs. N.C. State but racked up a season-high 144 kickoff return yards (6 attempts/24.0 ypr) against the Wolfpack ... Caught a pass in 10 straight games - the longest active streak on the squad ... Inked with the Pirate program as a wide receiver during the traditional signing period in February.
High School: An All-Orange County selection as a senior ... Earned MVP honors for play during the Orange County All-Star Game ... Rated among the top 100 players in state of Florida by Super-Prep Magazine ... Rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior ... Scored eight touchdowns during senior year despite missing four games ... Recorded prep power numbers of 265 (clean-lift) and 315 (bench-press) ... Timed at 10.62 in the 100-meter sprint ... Ran anchor leg on fastest 4x100 relay team in the nation and won Golden South and Golden West national titles in track.
Personal: Full name is Christopher Duan Johnson ... Born September 23, 1985 at Orlando, Fla. ... Major is communications.