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46 Days to Purdue Football: Race Johnson

Today's player is a good football player, but he is the older brother of an NCAA champion diver.

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If you are looking for a surprise player that might see the field this season, look no further than today's player.

Race Johnson - So.

Carmel, IN (Carmel HS)

5'11", 180 pounds


2015 Projection: Possible contributor at cornerback

Purdue was pretty thin at cornerback this spring and Race Johnson emerged as a possible contributor. Before the freshmen even arrive on campus Johnson has been listed as the primary backup to Frankie Williams at one of the cornerback positions. That is a surprise considering Johnson is a walk-on, but he comes from a solid program. He helped Langston Newton and Jimmy Herman win a state championship while at Carmel High School and is entering his third year.

While Race making an impact on the field would be nice, his younger brother has already made an impact. You see, his younger brother is Purdue diver Steele Johnson, the reigning NCAA Champion in 1-meter diving.