Eastern Illinois running back Isaiah Johnson was selected as the National Offensive MVP player in Sunday's FCS National Bowl played in Daytona Beach.
Johnson, the Panthers' leading rusher this past season, produced 128 total yards on offense in the game. The Clarksville, Tenn. native rushed seven times, gaining 18 yards but had a loss of 14, thus his net was 4 yards. However, Johnson caught two passes for 124 yards highlighted by a 70-yard TD reception.
"The thing I was most happy about was showing that I have the ability to make big plays with my hands," Johnson told Prairie State Pigskin. "(I) had a great screen play and a wheel route (reception)."
Johnson played at EIU the last two seasons. He led the Panthers with 708 yards on 99 carries (7.2 per attempt average) and scored seven touchdowns this past fall.
Johnson enjoyed his finest game with a 187-yard, three-touchdown performance in a 52-21 triumph over Austin Peay on Senior Day at O'Brien Field. He added six receptions for 26 yards and 12 return yards to finish with 225 all-purpose yards in that game.
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, Johnson caught 30 passes for 215 yards--numbers up significantly from his 11 receptions for 56 yards in 2017.
The FCS Bowl began in 2014 when it was played at Florida International University. The annual post-season college football all-star game was moved to Daytona Beach Stadium, home to FCS Bethune-Cookman.
The bowl's website states: "The National Bowl and FCS Bowl all star weekend for Non-FBS schools has been the only games of its kind to attract numerous NFL and CFL scouts."