Jan. 9, 2014
BEAUMONT, Texas -
Lamar junior Kevin Johnson has been named College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Punt Returner of the Year announced CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith Thursday morning. The honor comes following the 2012 campaign where Johnson was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year.
Johnson led the Southland Conference averaging 18 yards per return, including three returns of more than 30 yards. He was one of only four players to return two punts for scores in 2013.
"Kevin is a talented young man," said head coach Ray Woodard. "He does a lot of things to help us win ball games. This award is credit to his athleticism, and all of the things he can do on the field. We are looking forward to an even bigger senior year from Kevin."
One of his punt return touchdowns was a momentum changing play that helped Lamar capture a victory on the road this past season. Trailing 16-0 in first 10 minutes of the game at Grambling State, Lamar's defense forced the Tigers to punt from their own end zone. Johnson fielded the punt and took it 48 yards untouched for the score. The touchdown was the beginning of a 27-point rally as the Cardinals picked up the road win.
Despite gaining recognition for the Cardinals on special teams, Johnson's reach was greater than just one facet of the game. Johnson had an impact on offense and defense as well. Johnson also hauled in six catches for 102 yards and two touchdowns, recorded 18 tackles, picked off two passes and averaged better than 20 yards per return on 42 kickoffs. Following the season, Johnson received second-team All-Southland Conference honors.