Johnson Named Bronco Male Athlete of the Year

What does it say about a school's success when an All-American who is selected to represent his country at the Pan-American Games finishes runner-up for 2006-07 Male Athlete of the Year? Boise State Heisman Trophy Candidate Ian Johnson defeated a talented field of 10 candidates to win the second annual award. (Photo provided by rights reserved.)


Football--Ian Johnson

Johnson finished the regular season with a Boise State record 1,713 rushing yards on 277 carries. He led the nation in scoring (12.67 points per game) and touchdowns (25), while ranking second in the country in rushing (142.83 yards per game), fourth in rushing yards and fifth in all-purpose rushing (rushing and receiving) with 147.42 yards per game. Johnson led the Western Athletic Conference in both rushing and scoring, and finished second in all-purpose yards and ninth in total offense (rushing, receiving and passing yards) with 142.83 yards per game. Despite being the workhorse in the Bronco offense, Johnson averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketJohnson's five touchdowns against Oregon State tied a Boise State record and was the nation's best scoring performance on the ground. Johnson was named Walter Camp Football Foundation National 1-A Offensive Player of the Week, 1-A Performer of the Week and WAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 240 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns and catching one pass for 21 yards against Oregon State in Boise State's 42-14 win. The 240 yards rushing was the third most in school history. Johnson's 10.9 yards per carry was the eighth best all-time at Boise State for a single game, while the 261 yards of all-purpose offense tied for ninth. Ian was also named WAC Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 178 yards and two touchdowns in Boise State's 41-34 win over Hawaii.

Ian owned four of the nation's top 61 rushing games—240 yards against Oregon State (8th), 192 vs. New Mexico State (38th), 183 at Idaho (46th) and 178 yards against Hawai'i 61st. He gained over 100 yards on the ground in nine of the 12 games he appeared in. He had 149 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries against San Jose State despite a partially collapsed lung suffered early in the second quarter. Johnson toted the ball 29 times for 147 yards in the Broncos' BCS Bowl-clinching win against Nevada.

He then capped that off by rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown against the vaunted Oklahoma Sooners defense in the Fiesta Bowl and scored the winning points on a two-point conversion in Boise State's landmark 43-42 win.

Johnson was named first team All-WAC and first-team All-America by and CBS, second-team All-America by the Sporting News and third-team All-America by the Associated Press. Johnson finished eighth in the Heisman Trophy voting, the highest placing ever for a Bronco. He was also a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award given annually to the nation's top running back and was one of 10 "Players to Watch" for the 2006 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

Ian enters this season third in the nation among active players in career rushing touchdowns with 26 and fourth in career total touchdowns with 26.

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