Jaren Johnson finishes with a bang

Jaren Johnson went over 1,000 yards his senior season and he did it in a big way.

Going into the last few weeks of the season, Ruston running back had put together a few big games. He had 177 yards against Richwood and afew weeks later he put together 187 yards and 5 touchdowns against Bastrop.

The very next week, Johnson would have his biggest game. The senior back put together 322 yards rushing against Wossman. Johnson put his success in perspective. "The offensive line just blocked well," explained the 6'0" 190 pound Johnson."

The Bearcats went to Baton Rouge and fell to Woodlawn, but Johnson closed out his season with 212 yards rushing. With all of the success he has had of late, Johnson is starting to get some much deserved attention.

"Stanford has sent the most letters," admitted Johnson. "I actually talked to ULM yesterday. They wanted us to send film over and they invited me to their game this weekend." ULM hosts North Texas on Saturday.

"Western Kentucky calls a lot," added Johnson. "Coach Pratt said he really wanted to get film on me. He came by and got it from the school. They were down here to play ULL that week. I got a chance to meet him, but we weren't able to talk very long."

Jaren Johnson runs a lot like Daniel Porter, a former Louisiana Tech running back.. Porter was still seeking his first Division 1-A offer late in the process five years ago when Louisiana Tech came in and offered at the last minute. Porter ended up being Louisiana Tech's all time leading rusher.

Like Porter, Johnson isn't the biggest running back or the fastest, but he has good size and speed. What he does have is heart and the ability to grind out yards. Porter is known for his pinball style, where he bounces off one defender to another, but keeps pumping his legs. Johnson is similar to that style in that he will move the pile and keep running after the initial contact.

Sooner than later, like Porter, Johnson will get that first FBS offer that he has been waiting for.


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