RB Roschon Johnson
Roschon Johnson is the gear that keeps this Texas team going. Any time someone is asked who the leader of the team is, the name Roschon Johnson is quickly mentioned. He isn’t just a leader off the field though, he is a phenomenal player on the field. He has a chance to play himself into draftable territory, if he hasn’t already.
High School and Recruiting
Roschon Johnson was ranked as the number six dual threat QB in his 2019 class. No, that is not a typo, he was a QB, and a good one. He finished his high school career as his school’s leader in passing yards and second in career rushing yards. He played his high school football at Port-Neches Groves High School. Overall he was the consensus 237 player in the class, giving him four-star blue chip status. He was moved to RB when he got on campus due to Texas being so weak and injured at the RB position that they also moved an off ball LB to the spot. Desperation led to finding a kid’s true calling. It doesn’t always work that way, but Johnson is just that special.
On Field Skills
Roschon is another do it all RB. He has elusiveness, power, and enough speed to break away. Roschon finished t-1st in broken tackles per touch at 0.38 with teammate Bijan Robinson. Texas has a pair of tough to bring down tailbacks. Roschon has also proven to be capable as a pass catcher, not to the level of Bijan, but good in his own right. Johnson won’t line up outside and win a route, but as a dump pass or screen guy he can make some things happen. Roschon also does a great job in pass protection for a RB, something scouts on the next level will take notice of and move him up their boards.
Outlook for Texas in 2022
Roschon Johnson is set to see about 8-10 touches a game due to being behind the country’s best RB. He could go to 95% of other D1 teams and be their starter, but he decided to stick it out at the University he chose out of high school. Roschon is a versatile piece that Coach Sark can deploy in multiple ways. I am still waiting for the fake HB pitch, HB pass where Roschon gets to show off his four-star QB skills. Every time Roschon gets the ball expect some fireworks. Not in the sense of 70 yard TDs every time, but he is going to embarrass a lot of defenders.
When attempting to project the career of Roschon Johnson it is hard to see him not succeeding. He has NFL talent, NFL size, and an NFL work ethic. Roschon may fall in the draft due to not being the team’s lead back, but whoever gets him is getting a guy that will come in and work his tail off to be the best he can be. He has shown to have day two NFL Draft talent, but I’m not sure he’ll get that recognition. The reason is because he is a workhorse type back, without ever getting full workhorse touches. Even if he doesn’t make it in professional football I fully expect him to find his way to live a very happy and fruitful life.
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