An Albany State University football player will compete for the 2009 Harlon Hill Trophy as the NCAA Division II College Football Player of the Year. Demetrice Johnson, a Golden Rams running back, is one of 24 candidates that were announced by the National Harlon Hill Award Committee. The list of candidates includes six players from each of the four Division II Super Regionals.
A phenomenal offensive powerhouse and key anchor of the Golden Rams “Gold Rush” offense, Johnson recorded 718 rushing yards on 140 carries for 14 touchdowns in nine games during his senior campaign at Albany State. He averages 79.8 yards per game with a long rush of 50 yards. Also an outstanding receiver, Johnson has caught 26 receptions for 410 yards and five touchdowns, with a long reception of 61 yards. He averages 45.6 reception yards per game. On kick returns, Johnson has 248 yards on 15 returns, an average of 16.5 yards per return.
Johnson currently leads the SIAC and is third in the nation in scoring/scoring TDs with 19 touchdowns for 114 points. He is second in the conference and 19th in the nation in all-purpose yards with 1,376 yards, an average of 152.9 yards per game. Johnson is ranked sixth in the SIAC and 56th in the nation in rushing. He is tied for sixth place in the SIAC in reception yards per game and is eighth in receptions per game.
In three seasons as a Golden Ram, Johnson has 1,512 rushing yards on 294 carries for 25 touchdowns, and has caught 55 receptions for 626 yards and seven touchdowns. He has recorded 1,487 yards on 63 kickoff returns with one touchdown. Johnson has scored 216 points on 36 touchdowns for the Golden Rams.
The winner of the 2009 award will be announced at the 24th annual Harlon Hill Trophy Presentation Banquet on Dec. 11.
By Edythe Bradley