Jeremy Johnson made Montgomery and G.W. Carver history Friday when he became the first city player to be invited to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Before a gym packed with his peers, the 6-foot-5 senior quarterback was presented with a No. 13 Army All-American jersey and a matching hat. The game will be played Jan. 5 in San Antonio.
“It means a lot to me to be selected to this bowl,” Johnson said. “It means a lot to be the first selected in Montgomery history. I’m going to take this honor and make the best out of it.”
The U.S. Army All-American Bowl has produced 209 NFL draft picks, five NFL Rookies of the Year, a Heisman Trophy winner (Tim Tebow) and the overall No. 1 selection in the 2012 NFL draft (Andrew Luck) since its start in 2001.
Carver head coach Billy Gresham spoke before Johnson was presented with his jersey. He congratulated Johnson on his individual accomplishments and then went on to name the 2012 Wolverines’ accomplishments — the first Carver team to defeat Prattville in 28 years, the first Montgomery school to defeat Prattville in 12 years, two victories on ESPN and the school’s third appearance in the state semifinals.
“It just shows how great a season this senior class has had at Carver,” Gresham said. “Jeremy deserves it all. He’s worked very hard. I’m proud of him and proud of the things he has done — not only as an athlete, but as a student at this school and hopefully he can continue to represent this school in the right way.”
Johnson finished his senior season with 3,193 passing yards and 31 touchdowns. He also rushed for 706 yards and seven touchdowns and had one catch for 40 yards.
The only blemish in a nearly flawless season was a 35-21 loss to Opelika High School in the state semifinals.
“We had a lot on our back,” Johnson said. “We all just felt like it was the year to win state. But God makes ways for everything. We accomplished a lot. We did things that have never been done here before.”
Though finished with football at Carver, Johnson will join the Wolverines’ attempt in defending last season’s 6A state basketball championship.
Johnson recently affirmed his Auburn commitment after Gus Malzahn was named Tigers head coach.
“I’m ready to go out there and play,” Johnson said. “I’m ready to get another chance to get out on the football field.”