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Tulsa's Damaris Johnson Named Preseason First-Team All-American by Phil Steele's College Football Magazine

Damaris Johnson was named to Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.
Damaris Johnson was named to Phil Steele's preseason All-America first team.
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June 1, 2011

Cleveland, Ohio - The nation's leader for all-purpose yards in each of the last two seasons, Tulsa's Damaris Johnson (Norco, La.), was selected as a first-team preseason All-American by Phil Steele's 2011 College Football Preview. Johnson earned the first-team recognition as the nation's top kick returner according to Steele.

Johnson was named to the Associated Press second team as an all-purpose performer after last season. A kick returner, punt returner and receiver, Johnson led the nation in each of the past two seasons for all-purpose yards when he averaged 224 yards in the 2009 season and 202 yards last year.

The Tulsa senior already ranks as the NCAA's career record-holder for all-purpose yards with 7, 796 yards and is also the NCAA's all-time leader for kickoff return yards with 3,417 yards.

The 5'8" Johnson had six 200+ all-purpose yard games and 46 plays for over 20+ yards in the 2010 campaign. He led the Hurricane in receiving with 872 yards on 57 receptions, kick return yardage with 34 returns for 904 yards, punt returns with 292 yards on 23 returns and was second in rushing with 560 yards and a 10.2 average. Johnson also totaled 13 touchdowns, including seven rushing, four via the pass and one each on a kick and punt return.

Johnson enters the 2011 campaign with 3,417 kick return yards, 2,746 receiving yards, 1,062 yards rushing and 571 yards on punt returns. He has totaled 29 career touchdowns (17 receiving, eight rushing, two kick returns and two punt returns). Entering the 2011 season, Johnson needs 597 receiving yards and 10 total touchdowns to become the school's all-time leader in those two statistical categories.

Phil Steele's College Preview, set to hit the newsstands June 7th, also announced the 2011 preseason all-conference teams. Four Tulsa players earned first-team accolades including Johnson, as a receiver and punt returner, senior offensive guard Clint Anderson, senior linebacker Curnelius Arnick and sophomore safety Marco Nelson.

 

 

Second-team recognition went to senior quarterback G.J. Kinne, junior center Trent Dupy, senior offensive tackle Tyler Holmes, and sophomore linebacker Shawn Jackson. Third-team honors went to sophomore receiver Thomas Roberson, senior Damaris Johnson as a kick returner, senior defensive end Tyrunn Walker and cornerback John Flanders.

Tulsa also had three defensive players, all juniors, named to Steele's preseason third-team including end Cory Dorris, linebacker DeAundre Brown, who sat out last year, and safety Dexter McCoil.

The Hurricane totaled eight defensive players and six offensive players named to one of the top four teams by Phil Steele's 2011 College Preview.