Greg Johnson Makes Second
All-American Squad; Punter Named To Scripps-FWAA Freshman
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 natives 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 teams 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.