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Gartrell Johnson
Gartrell Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Miami Springs, Fla.

High School:
Miami Springs

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 225

Position:
RB

Birthdate:
06/21/1986

Experience:
3L


2008 (Senior)
A first-team all-MWC selection, the team's Fum McGraw Most Valuable Player and the New Mexico Bowl Offensive Player of the Game, led the Mountain West in rushing (113.5 yards per game) and ranked 13th in the nation...Became the first CSU player to lead the conference in rushing since Cecil Sapp in 2002...Eclipsed two players to claim the rushing title on the strength of a CSU bowl-record and career-high 285 rushing yards, the second-most ever in a single game by a Rams player, in New Mexico Bowl triumph (Dec. 20); along with 90 receiving yards -- most of which came on a 57-yard shovel pass that was blocked like a run -- compiled 375 combined rushing and receiving yards, most ever by a player in an NCAA bowl game...His 375 all-purpose yards ranked second all-time in a bowl game, behind East Carolina's Chris Johnson, who had 408 all-purpose yards (including 153 in kickoff returns) in the 2007 Hawaii Bowl...Credited by most national analysts as delivering the most impressive individual effort of the entire bowl season...Started 20 straight contests at running back, including all 13 in 2008, after joining the starting lineup midway through 2007...Became the first player to lead CSU in rushing for three straight seasons since E.J. Watson (1993-95), recording CSU's first 1,000-yard season (1,476 yards) since Kyle Bell in 2005...Averaged 5.3 yards on 278 carries, with 12 TDs, the fourth-most rushing scores ever by a Ram, and most since Cecil Sapp had 12 in 2002...Also led Mountain West running backs with 32 catches for 295 yards (9.2 avg.), and scored on a rushing two-point conversion...Elected as one of two offensive captains for the season...Against Colorado in season debut (Aug. 31), led all rushers with 95 yards (7.9 avg.), breaking several long runs, including six totes of 8 yards or more; had 35 combined yards on consecutive second-quarter carries, including a nice move to net 24 on one play...In home opener vs. Sacramento State (Sept. 6), scored a go-ahead touchdown early in the second half from 1-yard out...Then, on CSU's final drive in Sac State contest, carried three times for 22 yards, including a 16-yard burst, to set up a victorious walk-off field goal...In win vs. Houston (Sept. 20), finished off a second-quarter drive with two carries for 16 yards, including a touchdown from 7 yards out; later, set up a critical fourth-quarter touchdown by converting a third-and-1 from the Houston 12...Earned a share of MWC Player of the Week after taking center stage in thrilling come-from-behind triumph vs. UNLV (Oct. 4); established career highs in carries (33) and rushing yards (191), and matched a personal best with three rushing TDs...In Rebels contest, had 102 rushing yards in the second half, including a 10-yard TD to erase a 28-27 deficit with 9 seconds remaining; on that game-winning drive, had nine carries for 49 yards...Also established a career best with 212 yards of total offense, adding four catches for 21 yards...On CSU's game-opening drive against TCU (Oct. 11) and the nation's No. 1 rushing defense, gained 24 yards on six carries, including a 4-yard TD to give CSU a 7-0 lead; also recovered a fumble in the backfield on the first play of the fourth quarter with CSU down only 13-7...Fell just 5 yards shy of a 100-yard game at No. 14 Utah (Oct. 18), averaging 4.8 yards per carry against the nation's No. 8 rushing defense; passionately ran for 26 yards to set up a second-half field goal that cut Utah's lead to 28-16...Also in Utes contest, threw a nice block on a Billy Farris carry...In important win at San Diego State (Oct. 25), posted a career-high five receptions and picked up his seventh career 100-yard rushing game; his most important touch came early in the second half, when he took a Farris pass and seemingly defied gravity in keeping his knee off the turf to pick up an extra 4 yards; SDSU coach Chuck Long challenged the spot, but replays showed Johnson's knee didn't hit the ground, costing the Aztecs a timeout that would've come in handy late in the game...In SDSU contest, became the 12th back in CSU annals to eclipse 2,000 rushing yards...In tough, 45-42 loss to No. 17 BYU (Nov. 1), racked up 102 yards on 18 carries; picked up all-conference DE Jan Jorgensen on a third-and-9 conversion during a first-quarter TD drive, then took out a blitzing linebacker on a third-and-1 in the third quarter, allowing the Rams to complete a 13-yard pass that set up a go-ahead TD...Later in Cougars contest, scored a go-ahead TD with only 7:20 remaining, concluding the 7-yard run by sharing a spontaneous chest bump with a nearby Joey Porter, the former Rams standout in town the night before his Dolphins were to play Denver...Also vs. BYU, extended his streak of touches without a fumble past 500, since his last fumble at Minnesota, Sept. 17, 2005...At Air Force (Nov. 8), carried five times for 32 yards on the game-opening drive, including bursts of 17 and 11 yards, and a 1-yard touchdown, in addition to picking up a blitzing linebacker to allow Farris to complete a 13-yard pass to Sperry, setting up the RB's score...Also in Air Force contest, had another rushing TD nullified by penalty...Kept CSU in bowl contention with 127 rushing yards on 30 carries in 20-6 triumph vs. New Mexico (Nov. 15), his final home game, becoming the first 100-yard rusher against UNM since his own 172-yard day Nov. 10, 2007, in Albuquerque; on a 12-yard tiebreaking TD run late in the first half, broke the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time, the Rams' first such season since Kyle Bell in 2005, and later snapped a stretch of 554 consecutive touches without a fumble, dating to Sept. 10, 2005...Also in Lobos contest, established a career-high 47 receiving yards on three catches, including a 19-yard play that converted a third down and set up the Rams' first points...In win at Wyoming (Nov. 22) that made CSU bowl eligible, helped the Rams put the Cowboys away on an 11-play fourth-quarter drive, carrying eight times for 38 yards and a 5-yard TD on the march...Played the best game of his college career in his final NCAA contest, a reverberating 40-35 victory over Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl (Dec. 20)...Shattered Sapp's CSU bowl record with 285 rushing yards on 27 carries (10.6 avg.), including a career-long 77-yard touchdown that iced the win in the fourth quarter and cemented his bowl offensive MVP honors...Also added 90 receiving yards on five catches to total 375 yards from scrimmage, establishing single-game career highs in all three categories...Jump started his day on his second touch, a 57-yard run off a direct snap that set up a game-tying TD in the first quarter; the run stood as the longest of his career until his 77-yard romp in the final stanza...Got most of his 90 receiving yards on a 57-yard shovel pass -- essentially a run -- to set up a second-quarter field goal...Scored both of his TDs in the fourth quarter, the first to pull the Rams to within two points, 28-26...Then, with the Rams nursing a 33-28 lead with just under 2 minutes remaining, took a sweep left and sprinted down the CSU sideline for a game-clinching 77-yard score, the eighth-longest carry in CSU history, and the longest in six years, since Bradlee Van Pelt's 79-yard run - against Fresno State in 2002.

2007 (Junior)
Despite not starting and playing mostly FB 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 effort 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...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 game, his fifth of `07, in exciting win vs. Wyoming (Nov. 23)...Opened the second quarter by taking a screen and racing 31 yards up the 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.

2006 (Sophomore)
Started at RB in seven of the Rams' 12 games...Scored a TD 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 yards on 24 carries, and added a score at Fresno State (Sept. 30)...Had three TDs (18 ru., 38 yds.) vs. Weber State (Sept. 2).

2005 (Freshman)
Played in three games, including as a reserve in Poinsettia Bowl vs. Navy (Dec. 22).

2004
Applied for a medical waiver...Rushed twice for 12 yards vs. Minnesota (Sept. 18).

High School
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.

Personal
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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