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Arbor View lineman Franklin Johnson to play football at Augustana

Published on Thu, Apr 11, 2013 (9 a.m.)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE sent 04/10/13

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. – Franklin Johnson, a standout athlete from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas, Nevada, has announced his decision to enroll this fall at Augustana, where he plans on being a member of Coach Rob Cushman’s Viking football program.

The 6’ 2”, 250-pound Johnson was a first team all-conference selection at center for Arbor View’s undefeated Sunset Northwest Conference champions this year. The two-year letter winner also logged time at defensive tackle and helped Coach Dan Barnson’s Aggies finish 10-1 overall and reach the NIAA Division I Sunset Region semifinals.

With Johnson helping pave the way, Arbor View rushed for an average of 369.3 yards per game and 8.2 yards per carry in 2012. The Aggies scored 48 rushing touchdowns and averaged 39.7 points per game. Johnson earned Player of the Week and Spotlight Player recognition and was selected to play in this summer’s Lions Club All-Star game.

Johnson also lettered as a thrower in Coach Tyrel Cooper’s Aggie track & field program.

Franklin is the son of Franklin and Lisa Johnson of La Vegas, Nevada and plans on pursuing a computer science major at Augustana.

Johnson joins a Viking program with an outstanding tradition that includes 21 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin titles, four NCAA Division III national championships, 22 CCIW “Players of the Year” and 29 academic All-America selections. Cushman will be in his third season as Augustana’s head coach in 2013. The Vikings went 5-5 last year and finished fourth in the CCIW.

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