CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – University of Northern Iowa running back David Johnson may just be the tallest running back in team history. Standing at 6’3”, he is taller or the same height as every wide receiver on this year’s team.
“What really helps me is my height,” Johnson said. “Being able to play receiver and running back and just being versatile as a receiver.”
Johnson has definitely been a bright spot for a 1-3 Panthers squad, scoring at least one touchdown in every game, including a school record four touchdowns last week against Youngstown State.
“I just trained a little bit harder and watched a little more film to know where to go,” Johnson said about his offseason training.
“It feels really good. I didn’t really know what the record was. I didn’t pay attention until after the game, but it feels good knowing that our offense is clicking on all cylinders and working together to come out and play together.”
This week, UNI faces former Football Championship Subdivision champions North Dakota State University. With just seven games left, the Panthers may need to win out to reach the playoffs.
“(We’re) very excited. Our offense is doing really good, and we know we can put up points. We just have to play together with no penalties and no mental errors,” Johnson said about the locker room atmosphere. “We feel a little bit of pressure, but we know we just have to come out and play like we should. We know we have a chance to come out and beat every team.”
So after setting school records and catching 50 plus yard touchdown passes, what does the physical education major recall as his favorite moment of the young season?
“Jumping over a guy (during a run) at Iowa. I never did that before. I think I got so excited I jumped too high and it took me too long to get to the ground, and the other guy had a chance to grab my ankle.”