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Johnson to play in College All-star Bowl

Posted: January 21, 2014 9:26 a.m.
Updated: January 22, 2014 5:00 a.m.
Photo courtesy U. of Minnesota/

CAMDEN NATIVE ROLAND JOHNSON will play his final game as a collegian in next month’s College All Start Bowl. The former University of Minnesota defensive tackle is shown here in a Big 10 game with Michigan.

Camden native and former University of Minnesota defensive tackle Roland Johnson has committed to playing in The College All Star Bowl game which will be played on Friday, Feb. 14 at Furman University’s Paladin Stadium.
The 6 p.m. contest will air nationwide on the CBS Sports Network.
Johnson, who played his first three seasons at Camden High School before transferring to Byrnes High School as a senior, originally signed with Western Carolina University and played one season as a starter for the Catamounts before transferring to Butler Community College as a sophomore before signing with Minnesota.
This past season, in helping the Golden Gophers to the Texas Bowl, the 6-foot-1, 286-pounder registered 24 tackles with 17 solos. He also had 5.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage along with a quarterback pressure and a blocked kick in a season-opening victory over UNLV.
Johnson, who returned to the field after suffering a torn ACL in November of 2012, started two games as a senior, and had a stop in a loss to Penn State while being credited with two tackles --- both for loss of yardage --- in his start against Wisconsin.
In an injury-shortened junior campaign at UM, Johnson played in 10 games and made 21 tackles with two sacks and five tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
As a junior at Camden High School in 2007, Johnson led all Kershaw County players with 150 tackles including 95 solo stops.
Johnson is the second player with Kershaw County ties to commit to play in The College All-Star Bowl. Last month it was announced that former Lugoff-Elgin standout and Wofford College center and graduate Jared Singleton would play in the second annual contest.
The College All Star Bowl game gives special focus to players entering the NFL Draft, creating an opportunity for football players nationwide, including South Carolina. The game also gives the assistant coaches an opportunity to be hired for coaching positions in the NFL as well as universities and other leagues.
The College All Star Bowl will feature the “Nationals” led by South Carolina College Football Hall of Famer and Clemson's national championship coach Danny Ford along with his assistant coaches, including former NFL and collegiate greats Brian Dawkins, Nick Eason and Patrick Sapp.
The “Americans” are led by South Carolina College Football Hall of Famer and legendary S.C. State Coach Willie Jeffries and his assistant coaches, including former NFL and collegiate greats Jamon Meredith, Dwayne Harper, Charlie Brown and Marco Coleman, among others. Players accepting invites will be categorized in a player pool and then drafted by either the Americans or Nationals.
The College All Star Bowl will feature open practices for fans, autograph sessions, skills clinics and a scouting combine for athletes to test for NFL scouts.
Tickets for the game may be purchased at www.thecollegeallstarbowl.com.

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