Johnson earns CAA Offensive Player of the Week honors

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RICHMOND, Va. – Following his best rushing performance of the season, James Madison graduate running back Cardon Johnson was named Colonial Athletic Association Football Offensive Player of the Week, as the league announced their final weekly awards for the 2018 season Monday.

Johnson rushed for a season-high 162 yards and a touchdown in JMU's 38-17 victory last Saturday at No. 15 Towson. He accomplished this on only 13 carries, averaging 12.5 per rush. The Newport News, Va., native gave the Dukes a 7-0 lead with a season-long 76-yard run in the first quarter and also had runs of 23 and 45 yards to set up a score in the fourth.

It was Johnson's ninth career game over 100 rushing yards and the most since his career-best 265 at ECU to open the 2017 season. The 162 was the third-best rushing performance of his career, as he also had 165 yards at Elon in 2015.

After Saturday's outing, Johnson moved into seventh place all-time at JMU with 2,677 career rushing yards. He's also tied for ninth with 25 career rushing scores.

Johnson shared the honor with Villanova's Aaron Forbes, who had 138 rushing yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' win.

Sixth-ranked JMU begins its run in the 2018 NCAA FCS Playoffs this Saturday, Nov. 24 against No. 21 Delaware. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. at Bridgeforth Stadium/Zane Showker Field and the game will be streamed on ESPN3 and Watch ESPN.