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Ex-CSU Star Gartrell Johnson Impresses in Pre-season Affair for Chargers

Rich Kurtzman@@RichKurtzman Senior Analyst IAugust 30, 2009

Gartrell Johnson is blessed and cursed at the same time. He went to Colorado State, a school known for their love of the running game, a blessing.

“The Predator,” as he was lovingly called in Fort Collins, was the 2008 first-team All-Mountain West running back, and finished his career with the Rams with a 285-yard two-touchdown vintage Gartrell game against Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl last December.

In the entire 2008 season, Johnson eclipsed the 1,100-yard mark, and caught 32 passes for 295 yards as well.

All that production led to his being drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the fourth round, a blessing in itself just to make it to the NFL, but a curse at the same time as the Chargers have one of the best runners in the league playing there in LaDanian Tomlinson.

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