SEC Football Top 150 Players: No. 100, Dennis Johnson, Arkansas RB
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The SEC Blog will be counting down the top 150 players in the SEC every day, concluding on Aug. 30 at the start of the college football regular season.
No. 100: Dennis Johnson, No. 33, Arkansas, Running Back
2011 stats: 106 carries for 670 yards and three touchdowns, 24 catches for 255 yards and two touchdowns, 18 kickoff returns for 461 yards and one touchdown
Experience. Johnson wasn't supposed to be the primary running back in Fayetteville last season, but a preseason injury to Heisman hopeful Knile Davis pressed Johnson into action. He didn't disappoint. At 5'9", 213, Johnson is a bowling ball that is hard to bring down and is sneaky fast. He's extremely versatile, and has proven that he can make an impact as a running back, receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner—where he is Arkansas' all-time leading kick returner.
The running game never totally settled last season, and Johnson played a part in that. He was above average as a feature back late in the season, but that's not the kind of player that he is—and wasn't what he was asked to do for the majority of last season.
Davis will get the majority of the carries this season, so Johnson's impact will probably be felt more in the return game. He told Dudley Dawson of HawgsIllustrated.com that he is not in favor of the new kickoff rules, nor should he be. Johnson has the talent to make a big impact, but circumstances dictate that he might not have as big of an impact as he is accustomed to.
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