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Cody Johnson, FB

School: Texas  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Waller, TX
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 259 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Thickly-bodied athlete with solid girth on his frame ... natural size and carries his weight well. A physical runner and tough finisher with very good leg drive to push the pile. Looks for contact, running with power and low pad level ... bulldozing runner and looks to run over defenders. Seeks contact as a lead blocker and exhibits very good toughness. Was the team's leading rusher in 2010 and tallied 345 rushes over his career, seeing time as the team's primary running back at times ... ran a lot of wildcat and racked up 36 career touchdowns. He is a vocal leader, uplifting his teammates on and off the field. WEAKNESSES: Poor top-end speed and won't be able to run away from defenders at the next level ... lacks the long speed to be anything but a short-yardage guy. Not overly explosive and is straight-linish, showing stiffness in his hips with limited change of direction ability as a runner and blocker ... won't make defenders miss. Needs to improve his technique as both a run blocker and pass protector ... unrefined and relies on his natural size. Tends to lunge and leave his feet when attempting to block moving targets. Doesn't have a lot of experience catching the ball out of the backfield (only 12 career catches). Scored two-thirds on his career TD total in his first two seasons and set career-lows in rushing as a senior despite nine starts (only one game with double-digit carries in 2011) ... didn't fully capture opportunities to be the bell-cow runner for the Longhorns and watched his production decline. NFL Comparison: Anthony Sherman, Arizona Cardinals -- Dane Brugler

Player Overview

Johnson was a four-star fullback recruit out of high school, choosing Texas over Texas A&M, LSU and Nebraska. After redshirting in 2007, he started a pair of games as a redshirt freshman in 2008, recording 338 yards on 76 carries (4.4) and a team-high 12 scores, tying Cedric Benson's school freshman rushing touchdown mark. Johnson played in every game in 2009 as a sophomore, finishing with 335 yards on 87 rushes (3.9) and 12 touchdowns. He had his best rushing season in 2010 as a junior with two starts, recording a team-high 592 yards on 134 carries (4.4) and 6 scores. Johnson returned in 2011 and started a career-best nine games, but had his least productive season as a senior, finishing with 200 yards on 48 rushes (4.2) and 6 touchdowns, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors. Johnson was Texas? leading rusher in 2010 with seven games of 10+ carries, but was more of a traditional fullback in 2011 as a senior with his lowest career production. He is thickly-built with natural bulk and body mass on his frame - tightly-wound, but moves well for an athlete over 250-pounds. Johnson is a physical, tough short-yardage back with the physical nature to pick up tough yards, but needs to improve his technique as a blocker if he wishes to stick as a pro ? late round, smash-mouth fullback who will be limited at the next level.
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12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Cody Johnson (FB), has been selected All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. - Mack Brown Texas football

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