2006 RHODES SCHOLAR
Collegiate Bests - Shot put - indoor (66'8.75"), outdoor - (66'0.5"), Discus (199'4")
School Records - 1st all-time in the outdoor shot put (66'0.5"), 1st all time in the indoor shot put (66'8.75"), 2nd all-time in the discus (199'4").
2005: Outdoor - Top shot putter in school history, throwing 67'0.75" at the USA Senior Track and Field Championships... joined two current Seminoles as two-time NCAA East Region Champions, after taking the discus and the shot put at the 2005 regional meet...opened the first day of the regional event improving on his prior personal best by five feet, with a discus throw of 199'4" (60.77m)... with six hours between start times, returned at the end of the day to take the shot put title in 66'0.25" (20.12m), just .25 inches shy of his personal best and school record mark... made his second regional championships appearance, the last coming in 2003 when he finished second in the shot put to teammate Dorian Scott... bettered his regional qualifying marks in the shot put and the discus in the final weeks of the season... one-half of the nation's best shot put corps... earned All-ACC honors for his second -place finishes in the shot put and discus...finished behind teammate Dorian Scott in the shot put, tossing a then season-best 62'10.75" (19.17m)... set a then personal best mark in the discus at the league meet, tossing 187'5" (57.12m)... three weeks later, broke Scott's Mike Long Track Complex record of 64'4", set at ACC Championships, with a 66'0.5" (20.13m) throw... the mark moved him into third-place in the nation, first in the region and to the top of FSU's all-time shot put list... also moved closer to the top discus spot in FSU school history, with his event winning throw of 194'1" at the Georgia Tech Invitational... the mark had him seeded third in the region and sixth in the nation in the event... added the shot put win at the GT Invitational to his discus victory, posting a distance of 63'3.25" (19.28m)... has placed in the top two in the discus in five of six outings this season... won the Seminole Twilight discus event... had the 13th farthest qualifying mark in the discus and the 16th farthest shot put mark. Indoor - Named USTCA Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Florida Intercollegiate, where he threw an FSU school record of 66'8.75" (20.34m)... recorded the second farthest throw in the world during the indoor season, tossing 66'8.75" at the Florida Relays...earned All-American honors for his fifth-place performance at nationals... threw 63'6.25" (19.36m) at the NCAA event... won four shot put events during the indoor season... threw 64'10" (19.76m) in an event win at the Florida Fast Times meet... won the shot put at the Wildcat Invitational, throwing 64'9.25" (19.74m)... earned All-ACC honors in the shot put with a second-place finish at the ACC Championships... threw 63'8.25" (19.41m) to contribute eight points to help FSU edge Clemson for the win by 2.5 points in the team standing.
2004: Redshirted due to injury during the indoor and outdoor seasons.
2003: Outdoor - Was named ACC Outdoor Freshman of the Year for his outstanding performances in the discus and shot put events at the 2003 ACC Outdoor Championships... won the shot put event after having attempted only one throw establishing the winning mark at 61' 3.5" (18.68m)... placed second in the discus with a throw of 169' 11" (51.79m)... earned All-ACC honors for his top two finishes in the shot put and discus competition... appeared in his first NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the Seminoles... garnered a spot in the shot put finals of the NCAA Championships with a seventh place performance in the prelims... would finish in 12th overall... registered a second place finish at the East Regional in the shot put, establishing a mark of 59' 11.75" (18.28m), to automatically qualify for the national championships in Sacramento, Calif. ... also competed in the discus at the regional tournament, placing 17th... earned three victories in the shot put and attained regional qualifying marks in all six events that he competed in this season... his best outdoor performance of the season in the shot put came at the Florida Relays where he established a mark of 61' 11" (18.87m)... ranked second in the conference in the discus and shot put competitions... achieve five of the best distances in the discus in 2003... compiled three victories on the season with his best performance coming at the Seminole Track Invite where he established a personal best mark of 181' 2" (55.23m) in the discus... placed eighth at the historic Penn Relays... Indoor - Set the Florida State indoor school record in the shot put at the USA Track & Field Championships with a mark of 63' 2.25" (19.26m)... captured the ACC Indoor Championship in the shot put, establishing a mark of 60' 11.5" (18.58m) and placed 14th in the weight throw at 45' 2.25" (13.77m)... competed at the NCAA Championships in the shot put competition, finishing in 15th place (60' 8.5")... placed second at the Florida Intercollegiate and third down in Gainesville at the Gator Invitational.
Prep: Earned high school All-America honors... was the No. 3 shot putter in the nation with a throw of 65 feet... turned in a discus throw of 192 feet... placed third at the national high school Adidas Championships... earned all-state honors all four years...was the class salutatorian, graduating second in his class.
Personal: Son of Nate and Carmen Johnson...was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship on Saturday, November 19, 2005... was one of 32 college students from throughout the United States chosen to study at the University of Oxford and one of less than 100 from around the world who will join the prestigious academic program in October of 2006... becomes just the second FSU student ever to have been selected as a Rhodes Scholar... is one of six students from Atlantic Coast Conference schools in the class of 2006. He is the first student-athlete, and 19th overall league Rhodes Scholars-elect, to represent the conference since Maria Merritt was rewarded in 1987... brother Marqus was a four-year standout and league champion at FSU in the throws area... graduated in three years with a degree in political science... was named a fist-team Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar... President of Student Athlete Advisory Council... Vice president of Student Seminole Boosters... Second team ESPN Academic All-American.