Freshman Athlete One To Watch

Kerryon Johnson is just a freshman but has already shown he'll be one to watch in the coming years.

Madison, Ala.—Kerron Johnson was a two-time Class 3A Player of the Year in Alabama and Mr. Basketball in 2009 at Madison Academy and is currently the leading scorer for the Belmont Bruins, but he's not the only athlete in his family. Helping MA to the state title game in football this past season, freshman Kerryon Johnson is definitely one to watch on the gridiron in the coming years as he continues to mature physically.

At 6-1, 170, Johnson has the frame to grow into a dominating wide receiver or defensive back, but as a ninth-grader much of his duties came as a ball carrier. Despite playing through an ankle injury he ran for 750 yards and scored eight touchdowns on just 77 carries in 2011, but the bulk of that came as he got healthy late in the year.

Taking control in the playoffs for an unranked team, he ran for nearly 300 yards in two playoff games with six touchdowns before his coming out party in the title game against Handley. In a 20-14 loss he carried the ball 14 for 59 yards and two touchdowns and added five catches for 35 yards. He also played well on defense with an interception that he returned for 37 yards and nine tackles on defense.

"About week five or six I injured my foot and I just aggravated it a little bit," Johnson said. "I just had to shake it off. My team needed me and I couldn't go out with something like that. I had to be tough and go back out there for my team."

Showing good quickness and surprising power for a young player, Johnson was a force on both sides of the ball for the Broncos and he said it's just something that comes natural to him even though he's just coming into his own as a player.

"Coach told us that somebody needed to make plays," Johnson said. "We needed big-time players. I just stepped up and took that role. I tried to do that all year and throughout the playoffs. You just have to answer that call."

Now part of one of the state's top basketball team's in Class 3A along with eighth-grade sensation Joshua Langford, Johnson believes his future may just be on the football field. After getting a taste of the Super Six this year he said his goal now is to get back there and win one before he and his teammates are done.

"I wish we could have won because that would have made it even better, but you have to take it and go with it," Johnson said. "Hopefully we'll back next year and the year after and the year after that."

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