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NCAAF: Stafon Johnson Opts for NFL

December 14, 2009

According to Steve Wyche at NFL.com, USC tailback Stafon Johnson will choose professional football rather than apply with the NCAA for a fifth season. Johnson made national headlines when a weightlifting accident this fall nearly killed him. Johnson has been recovering and inspiring teammates but will now look for an opportunity in the NFL.

Wyche cites Johnson’s uncle, Kregg Anderson, who says Johnson has regained most of the weight he lost after the accident. Johnson dropped to 188 pounds but is now at 214, near his ideal playing weight of 220. Johnson still has time to change his mind but initial reports are he’s gone. USC will miss his uncanny red zone skills but this being USC there’s a stable of backs in the waiting, including the Trojans’ top two rushers in 2009.

If that’s not enough, USC is in great position to bring in 2-3 super blue chip tailback recruits. Life goes on, although in this case it’s both exciting and sad to watch an inspirational, veteran player take off.

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