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Johnson logged back-to-back 100-yard games against Truman State and Eastern Illinois. He rushed for a career-best 159 yards at Eastern Illinois on 20 carries and had 132 yards versus Truman State on 15 carries with a season-high three touchdowns. Johnson finished second on the team in rushing with 609 yards and in rushing touchdowns with six. He was slowed at the end of the season with a nagging ankle injury.
Johnson is not the only ex-Gopher on the Illinois State roster. Pierre Jackson redshirted in 2002 after playing high school football at Chicago (IL) Harper. He played in five games for the Golden Gophers, seeing action on 17 plays at wide receiver. However, he decided to transfer to get more playing time.
Jackson did not play in the season opener, due to a hand injury and might only see some action at defensive back against the Gophers.
The Redbirds finished 6-6 overall last season and 3-4 in the Gateway Conference, one of the top Division I-AA leagues in the country. Illinois State is replacing Baylor, who pulled out their scheduled matchup.
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