Offense and Defense Come Up With Big Plays Saturday at Plaster
Will compete for time at receiver and kick returner this fall after transitioning from running back late last year ... Had 2 receptions for 14 yards in Maroon and White Game (4/20/13).
2012: Played in 7 games as a redshirt freshman and was one of the club's primary kickoff returners over the last 3 games ... Had a pair of KO returns for 35 yards, including a long of 20 yards in the season finale at UNI (11/17/12) ... Was fifth on the club in KO returns (4) and was third in average (16.0) ... Produced 64 all-purpose yards on the season, which ranked 15th on the squad ... Carried 14 times for 30 yards in spring 2012 scrimmages.
2011: Redshirted his freshman season at Missouri State.
High School: Helped guide Webb City (Mo.) High and Coach John Roderique to a 15-0 record and Class 4 title in 2010 ... Carried 165 times for 1,800 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior to earn consensus Missouri all-state distinction ... Named Offensive Player of the Year in Class 4 and the Central Ozarks Conference for 10.9 yards per carry average ... Claimed all-district, all-area and all-SWMFBCA honors in 2010 ... Named offensive MVP of the East-West "Grin Iron" Classic, played in Springfield ... Helped Coach John Roderique's Cardinals to a 43-1 record his last 3 seasons with state titles in 2008 and 2010 ... Team was 13-1 in 2009 and reached state semis ... Earned second-team all-conference honors as a junior ... Was also a standout point guard at Webb City.
Personal: Maddison Blair Johnson was born 2/23/93 in Joplin, Mo. ... Son of Gary "Cat" and Wendy Johnson of Webb City, Mo. ... Father was a high school basketball legend in Missouri (Joplin Memorial High) who went on to play at Oral Roberts and was drafted by the New Jersey Nets ... Younger brother, Phoenix, is also a running back for the Bears ... Majoring in Information Technology Service Management.