04/15/2014 - Five players who should be on the Patriots' draft radar: RB Storm Johnson, UCF: With LeGarrette Blount exiting via free agency and Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden all in the final years of their contracts, running back is a need area for the Patriots. And this draft class offers several quality mid-round options, like Storm Johnson. He has the pass-catching ability and overall frame to be a quality receiver and blocker with the run instincts to be a sturdy contributor in a NFL backfield. Johnson lacks elite make-you-miss ability and will try and do too much at times, but is at his best as a one-cut-and-go runner. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/06/2014 - Bortles, Johnson to Enter NFL Draft...For Johnson, he arrived at UCF in 2011 after transferring from the University of Miami. He sat out that year until recording 113 carries for 507 yards and four touchdowns in 2012 behind eventual Oakland Raiders draft pick Latavius Murray. Then as the starter in 2013, Johnson exploded for 1,139 rushing yards on 213 carries for a 5.3 average. He also added 14 touchdowns on the ground. In the receiving game, he amassed 30 receptions for 260 yards and three scores. In two seasons as a Knight, Johnson finished with 1,646 rushing yards on 326 attempts for a 5.0 average, delivering 18 touchdowns in the process. He was named the All-American Athletic Conference First Team running back in 2013. - Central Florida football
01/02/2014 - Blake Bortles threw for 301 yards and accounted for four touchdowns, Storm Johnson ran for three more scores, and No. 15 Central Florida pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the bowl season by outlasting No. 6 Baylor 52-42 in the Fiesta Bowl on Wednesday night. A 17-point underdog, Central Florida (12-1) didn't back down from the big, bad Bears, racing past the nation's top offensive team with an array of big plays. The jumped out to an early 14-point and kept rolling, piling up 556 total yards in the highest-scoring game in Fiesta Bowl history. Rannell Hall had four catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns, and Johnson ran for 124 yards to give the Knights a rousing BCS bowl debut. Baylor (11-2) had a hard time keeping up with the Knights, gaining 550 total yards but losing 135 on 17 penalties. - AP Sports
01/01/2014 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: UCF RB Storm Johnson has rushed for 1,015 yards and three touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry. He can also make plays catching the ball out of the backfield, and he has 29 receptions for 261 yards and three touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange
12/17/2013 - 2013 ALL-AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): RB Storm Johnson, UCF, Jr., 6-0 215, Loganville, Ga./Miami (Fla.),...Has been selected First Team All-American Athletic Conference for the 2013 college football season by the league Coaches. - American Athletic Conference/Central Florida football
12/06/2013 - No. 15 UCF qualified for the school's first BCS bid with Louisville's victory over Cincinnati. The Knights wrapped up at least a share of the first American Athletic Conference championship last week. The league's automatic BCS bid was locked up Thursday night when the 19th-ranked Cardinals beat the Bearcats 31-24 in overtime.
UCF (10-1, 7-0) finishes the regular season Saturday at SMU (5-6, 4-3), seeking an outright league title and undefeated conference record. If the Knights lose to the Mustangs, they will tie Louisville for the conference championship. UCF has the tiebreaker after beating the Cardinals 38-35 in October. - AP Sports
11/10/2013 - So many times No. 19 UCF has had to rely on its offense to be the savior in its biggest moments this season. This time, it was the Knights' defense that saved the day and possibly their hopes of earning the school's first trip to the BCS. With team leader and quarterback Blake Bortles struggling, UCF's defense kept pressure on one of the nation's top scoring attacks and hung on for 19-14 win over Houston Saturday night.
Freshman William Stanback scored two touchdowns and the Knights survived three turnovers to hold off a late Houston threat and keep first place in the American Athletic Conference. ''I thought defensively, to hold that team to 14 points, and (to have) a great play at the end of the game to save the win, that was a big-time team win,'' Knights coach George O'Leary said. Storm Johnson added 127 yards rushing for UCF (7-1, 4-0), which now has the inside track to the league's automatic BCS bid, with victories against the Cougars and Louisville. - AP Sports
11/10/2013 - Storm Johnson ran for a career-high 127 yards and backup tailback William Stanback added 74 yards and two touchdowns to help Central Florida to a nerve-wracking 19-14 win over Houston on Saturday. UCF improved to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Houston dropped to 7-2, 4-1.
UCF scored once at the end of third period and again early in the fourth to break open what had been a defensive battle. Stanback scored both touchdowns on runs of 15 and 38 yards. The Knights then withstood a late rally by Houston that started when the Cougars blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt by UCF kicker Shawn Moffitt with 6:06 left. Houston drove the ball 53 yards for a touchdown that narrowed the deficit to 19-14; freshman quarterback John O'Korn hit Wayne Beadle with a 12-yard pass with 4:04 left. - The Sports Xchange
10/21/2013 - WEEK 8 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Storm Johnson, Jr., RB, UCF, Loganville, Ga.,...Johnson led UCF to a 38-35 win at No. 8/6 Louisville, marking the first win for the Knights against a top-10 opponent in school history. He amassed 188 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns against a Cardinal defense that had surrendered just five touchdowns combined in its first six games. Johnson rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown and had four receptions for a team-high 79 yards and another score. Johnson leads the American Athletic Conference in scoring (10.0 points per game) and is second in the league in rushing (94.0 yards per game). - AAC football
10/19/2013 - Blake Bortle's 2-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Godfrey with 23 seconds left gave Central Florida a 38-35 victory over No. 8 Louisville Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Bortle moved the Knights 75 yards on 11 plays in 2:37 after Louisville had taken a 35-31 lead on Doinique Brown's 15-yard touchdown run with three minutes left. But Bortles then completed 6-of-9 passes for 66 yards on the winning drive as UCF (5-1,2-0 AAC) handed Louisville (6-1, 2-1) its first loss. Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes as led visiting Central Florida 14-7 at halftime. Bridgewater, who completed 16 of 19 passes for 206 yards, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Eli Rogers to cap an 80-yard drive on Louisville's first possession, then threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker just before halftime.
In the meantime, UCF's William Stanback had a 4-yard touchdown run with 4:13 left before halftime to tie it at 7. After Stanback's touchdown, which capped a 71-yard drive, Bridgewater drove Louisville 75 yards in 3:15 to the go-ahead score with 58 seconds left in the half. Louisville ended up with a 235-177 advantage in offensive yards in the half. The Cards were unable to muster a running game, however, getting just 29 yards on 10 carries. - The Sports Xchange
10/18/2013 - Scouting the Central Florida run offense: Freshman Will Stanback is establishing himself as a very solid No. 2 back behind starter Storm Johnson, scoring a touchdown in UCF's 24-17 win at Memphis. UCF must solve a stingy Louisville running defense that is allowing just 68.3 yards per game. - The Sports Xchange
09/12/2013 - Scouting the UCF running game: RB Storm Johnson is tied for the national lead in rushing touchdowns. He's one of three Football Bowl Subdivision players with five rushing TDs, and already has more touchdowns that he tallied all of last year. - The Sports Xchange
09/06/2013 - Scouting the Central Florida running game: Starting RB Storm Johnson delivered career highs in rushing attempts (20) and rushing yards (99) in UCF's 38-7 win over Akron. Will Stanback and Cedric Thompson got their chances behind Johnson, and each averaged five-plus yards per carry while making 10 rushing attempts between them. - The Sports Xchange
08/29/2013 - BREAKOUT STAR: RB Storm Johnson - Latavius Murray, one of the most productive backs in team history, is gone and the opportunity exists for the University of Miami transfer to take over as UCF's primary ball carrier. Johnson showed his potential last season, racking up 507 yards and four touchdowns, but his workload dropped considerably after a costly fumble against SMY in early November and Johnson logged just 10 carries in the Knights' final five games. Johnson has been working on being more of a downhill runner during the offseason in preparation for his new expanded role. - The Sports Xchange
08/12/2013 - OTHER UCF PROSPECTS WORTH WATCHING: RB Storm Johnson (6-0, 218, 4.54)*...Transferred from the University of Miami in 2011, posted 507 yards on 113 carries and four rushing TDs in his first year at UCF. Also caught 10 passes for 20 yards. Possesses good balance of size, speed and power, and should push for starting role, as well as significant attention from NFL scouts as a junior. - Derek Stephens, NFLDraftScout.com
07/19/2013 - 2013 DOAK WALKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Storm Johnson (Jr.), UCF...A native of Loganville, Ga., Johnson will be aiming to serve as UCF's top running back in 2013. He transferred to the Knights from Miami and worked with the Black and Gold's scout team in 2011. As a redshirt sophomore last year, Johnson started five games and finished with 507 yards and four touchdowns. He had two contests in which he rushed for at least 90 yards, and posted 50 yards on just six carries in the Beef `O' Brady's Bowl. Johnson spent 2012 behind Latavius Murray, who closed out his senior year with 1,106 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. Now with Murray lacing up his cleats with the Oakland Raiders, Johnson will aim to become UCF's top back for 2013. - UCF football