COLUMBIA, Mo. – Mizzou Football redshirt freshman Johnathan Johnson (Memphis, Tenn.) has been named SEC Freshman of the Week following an electrifying performance last Saturday in a 61-21 win over Eastern Michigan, the league announced Monday. Johnson finished with 210 all-purpose yards with a pair of touchdowns and became the first Football Bowl Subdivision player with a punt return touchdown, receiving touchdown and 100 receiving yards in an FBS game since 2001, according to data from Sports-Reference.com.
Johnson took a punt to the house for a 54-yard score in the second quarter, marking Mizzou’s first punt return touchdown since Marcus Murphy in 2014 at Florida (Oct. 18). It was Mizzou’s first special teams touchdown since Aarion Penton returned a blocked punt for a score in Mizzou’s season opener against SEMO last season.
While the punt return was an exciting play, it was not the most electric play made by Johnson on the night. In fact, on Mizzou’s seventh drive, Johnson took a screen pass from Lock and blazed 87 yards to a touchdown, the middle of a three-TD flurry for Mizzou that spanned just 1:19 of game time to close a 19-point second quarter. The 87-yard strike was Mizzou’s longest passing play from scrimmage since L’Damian Washington scored a 96-yard TD against South Carolina in 2013.
Johnson’s 210 all-purpose yards last Saturday were just 17 shy of cracking the all-time top-25 at Mizzou.