The World-Herald is counting down the top 50 Nebraska players you need to know heading into the 2019 season.
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5-10, 175 • Freshman • RB
You could argue the position group with the most question marks is running back. With Devine Ozigbo gone and Maurice Washington’s status unclear, Johnson’s presence becomes even more important. He ran for more than 2,300 yards as a senior in high school, where the former four-star recruit was the No. 6 all-purpose back in the country. He is part of a trio of backs — including Ronald Thompkins and Dedrick Mills — who could reinforce Nebraska’s rushing attack. The starting running back position is wide open, and Johnson has as good of a shot as any to snag it for the first game.