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NCAA all-purpose yardage record holder suspended

Posted on: August 28, 2011 12:00 pm
Most fans outside of Conference USA football have probably never heard of Tulsa's Do-Everything Damaris Johnson.

This, despite the fact that he was a Second Team All-American last season and enters his senior campaign having already set NCAA records for the most kickoff return yardage (3,417) and all-purpose yardage (7,796) for a career. Far from a one year wonder, Johnson has been a superstar since first stepping onto the field as a true freshman for the Golden Hurricane. He led Conferece USA with 2,475 all-purpose yardage in 2009, leadng the team with 10 touchdowns and producing 51 plays of 20 yards or more. Johnson enjoyed his best season to date as a sophomore, averaging a gaudy 224.4 all-purpose yards per game before "dropping" to 202 yards per contest last year. He was his most lethal last year in terms of turning yardage into touchdowns, however, scoring a career high 13, including seven rushing, four receiving and one each on kickoff and punt returns.

The 5-7, 172 pound Johnson isn't viewed as a potential high draft selection by regardless of his production. In fact, at this time, he's rated by NDS as the 37th best WR prospect in the country and a likely late round or free agent prospect. He does have good timed speed (4.42) and lateral agility to make defenders miss, however -- traits that could lead him to success in a limited role at the professional level.

Unfortunately, for as good as Johnson has been on the field, he's not so good as to justify receiving over a thousand dollars worth of goods from a local Macy's store and be only charged 34 cents -- precisely what authorities are accusing he and his girlfriend (who worked the register at the store) of doing.

The girlfriend -- Chamon Jones -- was booked into Tulsa County Jail at 3 am Friday, according to this report from Eric Bailey of The Tulsa World. Bailey cites the police report which asserts that Johnson used his girlfriend's debit card twice in the week prior to her arrest to purchase goods. He purchased $1569.09 worth of merchandise but was charged only 12.91 by Jones. He also purchased 1,238.75 worth of goods on another occasion, but was charged only the 34 cents.

Jones has since been released on bail. She is officially been charged with embezzlement.

Johnson has not been officially charged with anything, but that didn't stop Tulsa head coach Bill Blankenship to suspend his All-American indefinitely.

"They [police] hardly even know anything more. We're just operating on what we know at this point in time," Blankenship said. "We're going to let it all fall and we'll talk about it on Monday."

Tulsa opens their season Saturday at top-ranked Oklahoma.

Unfortunately, they made be doing so without their best weapon.

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