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Johnson Owns Oregon.. Again
Sam Barlow HS RB Malcolm Johnson (Gresham, OR) recently finished up another stellar season. Despite the attention that comes from sustained success, Johnson still has eyes only for the Broncos. "I'm 100% committed to Boise State," he said.
Johnson's rushing ability carried Sam Barlow for much of the season. "I had about 2,600 yards rushing and twenty-five or twenty-six TDs," he said. Malcolm's yardage total was good enough to lead the state in rushing. Will his senior season be good enough for a First Team All-State selection? "We'll know who got All-State this week," he said.
One game in particular stood out this season. Johnson had an early season game in which he rushed for 458 yards and five TDs, good enough to be ranked the third all-time highest rushing yards in a single game in Oregon High School Football history. "That was a great game against Centennial," he said. "I was able to break some tackles and they didn't wrap up well," he added. Johnson's rushing total could have been even better had a long 80 yard TD not been called back. "I also had a long TD that was called back for a penalty," he said. According to the Oregonian newspaper, Johnson has the distinction of having the second highest total rushing yardage over his career in Oregon HS history.
Malcolm and his teammates finished the season with a disappointing loss. "We lost to West Linn in the first round of the playoffs," he said. "I think we overlooked them a bit. They converted third downs and opened up drives," he added. Sam Barlow finished with a record of 7-3 in the Class 6A Division. That record was good enough for third place in the conference.
Johnson has been watching the Broncos very closely this season. "I've been following the team a good bit," he said. "I think Ian (Johnson) and (Jeremy) Avery played well this season. They filled their role very nicely."
The standout RB brings an element of speed and balance to the Bronco offense. "I'm pretty explosive and fast," he said. "I've gotten better at trusting my speed and accelerating through the hole. I've got good balance," Johnson added.
Joe Southwick (current Bronco commit) still talks about Malcolm Johnson and his unbelievable ability on the football field. The feeling is mutual between Johnson and Southwick. "Joe is one of the best QBs I have seen in person," he said. "I saw him at the camp and his throws were right on the money. He's a competitor." That's certainly some high praise coming from two players who could likely form half of the starting backfield for the future Bronco football team.
It's possible that Johnson could play as a freshman. "It's up in the air about redshirting," he said. "They told me to come in ready. It all depends on fall camp." Malcolm would be just fine with redshirting during the 2009 season. "I'm 100% fine with redshirting," he said. "It would be great to get a year under your belt and get stronger."
Malcolm has dedicated himself to becoming the best player he can possibly be on the gridiron. "I've been working out with a trainer four times a week," he said. "I'm not playing basketball this season. I'm putting more effort into getting better and I'm running track," he added.
What does it mean for Malcolm Johnson to be a Bronco? "I think saying I'm a Bronco gives me a lot of pride," he said. "They are a winning program and within that you have pride and respect. Being a part of the Bronco program gives me a great deal of pride."
So, will Malcolm Johnson be the next in a line of great Bronco RB's? He certainly has that level of talent, and if hard work and dedication are any indication of future performance, Bronco fans will have plenty to look forward to over the next few years.
BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Malcolm Johnson.
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