Greg Johnson Makes Second All-American Squad; Punter Named To Scripps-FWAA Freshman Team 1/7/03

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Vanderbilt punter Greg Johnson was recently named to the 2002 Scripps/Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American Team.

It was the Georgia native’s second All-America honor in recent weeks. The Sporting News named Johnson as its top freshman punter in late December.

Johnson, a graduate of Parkview High School in Lilburn, Ga., earned the Scripps/FWAA honor after averaging 43.8 yards per effort in 2002, fifth best in the NCAA. His net average of 38.8 yards ranked fourth in the NCAA.

Johnson answered a huge preseason concern as the Commodores entered the 2002 without collegiate punting experience. Johnson ended the year as the team’s top placekicker in addition to his punting duties.

His punting average was the fifth highest ever by a Commodore and set a freshman team record. In 11 of 12 games, Johnson achieved at least one punt of more than 50 yards. He averaged 50 yards punting against in-state rivals Middle Tennessee and Tennessee. As a kicker, he converted on eight of 13 field goals and all 27 extra point tries.

Johnson was one of four Southeastern Conference honorees on the Scripps-FWAA squad, joining LSU offensive lineman Andrew Whitworth, Florida offensive lineman Mike Degory and Alabama linebacker Freddie Roach.



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