Despite not starting and playing mostly fullback over the season's first five games, finished sixth in the conference by averaging 79.8 rushing yards per contest...Received honorable mention all-conference recognition...Played in all 12 games, starting seven, and carried 181 times for 957 yards (5.3 avg.) with six TDs...Also caught 12 passes for 103 yards and a pair of TDs...Regarded by coaches even before he became a starter as the inspirational leader of the offense and one of the toughest players on the team...Averaged 126.1 yards per contest as a starter (conference leader Chad Hall, MWC Offensive Player of the Year, averaged 117.9)...After coaches named him the starting RB prior to Game 6, had 883 yards on 161 carries (5.5 avg.) and six TDs in seven contests...Had four carries of at least 34 yards, each as a starter...Earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week for his stirring performance in Game 7, guiding CSU to its first win...At TCU (Sept. 29), started at fullback and caught a 10-yard pass...A fixture in the game plan vs. San Diego State (Oct. 6), started at fullback and garnered 43 yards on 10 carries, including an 11-yard fourth-quarter burst...A bright spot in CSU's home loss to Air Force (Oct. 13), made his first start at tailback since the 2006 finale and turned in his first 100-yard day (143), averaging 5.7 per tote; on the Rams' first-quarter scoring drive, carried seven times for 30 yards, capping the march with his first TD since Nov. 11, 2006, at Utah...Late in third quarter of Falcons contest, set up a Rams TD with a 34-yard run, longest by a CSU back since Nnamdi Ohaeri's 35-yarder, Sept. 2, 2006, vs. Weber State...Captured MWC Offensive Player of the Week after the game of his life, at UNLV (Oct. 20); led CSU to an emotional first win with a then-career-best 162 yards on 25 carries (6.5 avg.) and two TDs...En route to 130 first-half yards, put the Rams on the board in the first quarter of Rebels contest with a career-long 45-yard run; the gallop marked CSU's longest run from scrimmage since Kyle Bell's 49-yard burst vs. Utah, Oct. 8, 2005; then, on a second-quarter drive, passionately carried eight times for 50 yards, capping the series with a 4-yard TD plunge...In home loss to Utah (Oct. 27), just missed a third straight 100-yard game, finishing with 95 on 17 carries; set up CSU's only points with 60 yards on six carries, including a 44-yard blast, during the Rams' game-opening field goal drive...In heart-shredding loss at New Mexico (Nov. 10), registered his third career 100-yard rushing game, and third since entering the starting lineup just four games earlier; also established his career high in rushing yards (172) for the third time in 2007, and easily eclipsed his career high in carries with 31...In win vs. Georgia Southern (Nov. 17), registered his fourth 100-yard rushing effort over a six-game span, and scored twice on the ground and once on a reception; late in first half, lined up at fullback from the 7-yard line and took a handoff into the gut of the line, driving the pile at least 4 yards before crashing into the end zone...Recorded a third straight 100-yard rushing game, his fifth of `07, in exciting win vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23)...Opened the second quarter by taking a screen pass and racing 31 yards up the far left sideline, launching himself into the end zone from the 4-yard line to give the Rams a lead; later, on a second-half drive, carried four times for 44 yards, including a 27-yard burst to set up his own 3-yard TD, to extend CSU's lead...Left late in the third quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
Started at running back in seven of the Rams' 12 games...Scored a touchdown at Utah (Nov. 11)...Had a season-high 75 yards, on 16 carries, at Air Force (Oct. 12)...Recorded 57 yards on 15 carries and added a TD vs. UNLV (Oct. 7)...Collected 55 rushing yards on 24 carries, and added a score at Fresno State (Sept. 30)...Had 18 rushes, 38 yards and three TDs vs. Weber State (Sept. 2).
Played in three games, including as a reserve in Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 22). 2004: Applied for a medical waiver after sustaining an injury early in the season...Rushed twice for 12 yards vs. Minnesota (Sept. 18).
Was the leading rusher in Dade County with 1,649 yards as a senior at Miami Springs (Fla.) High School...Earned all-state and all-conference honors, as well as team MVP...Holds the MSHS single-season rushing mark...Scored 18 touchdowns as a senior in 2003...Earned his team's leadership award...Head football coach was Gil Lora.
Given name Gartrell Godfrey Johnson III...Born June 21, 1986, in Miami, Fla. ...Son of Angela Shavers...Has one brother and one sister...Majoring in liberal arts...Hometown: Miami Springs, Fla.
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