Last season Bobcat running back Shawn Johnson was explosive.
Not only did he rush for more than 600 yards and record seven touchdowns as a running back, the speedster also ran for the longest kick return, punt return, and longest run from scrimmage in the conference.
This off season, he's been working hoping to have an even better year.
"I feel like I put everything into it, just like the other guys on my team,” Johnson said. “Coach Wilcox brought it to the table. He really did a lot of good work and prepared us to do the best possible things we can do on this field."
Last year's success landed Johnson with pre-season second team All-American honors as a kick returner.
Now he's transitioning into the team's starting running back.
"Shawn has made his fame so far in his career with his returns primarily,” said Head Coach Rob Ash. “But I think he's a tremendous tail back. Unfortunately, he had to sit behind Cody Kirk and he was only a year younger a than Cody. So it's his senior year now and he's finally getting his chance. I think he'll spring on the scene and make some really big plays for us. He's a durable, tough runner who is bigger and stronger than you would think just at first glance looking at him. I think he'll do just fine."
Johnson's success a year ago was huge for the team.
While he is expected to be a weapon this year, he says last season is long gone from his mind.
"That's just the past. It's a new season.” Johnson said. “I'm just thinking about right now and what I can do to get better on the field for the games coming up. I'm happy about it, but it's the past. I'm thinking about the present."