Sept. 24, 2009
ATLANTA – Former Georgia Tech All-American wide receiver Calvin Johnson was named to Sporting News Magazine’s College Football All-Decade Team, the publication announced Wednesday.
Quite possibly the greatest receiver in Georgia Tech history, Johnson was a two-time All-American and a three-time first team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in three years on the Flats (2004-2006). He is Georgia Tech’s career leader in receiving yards (2,927) and touchdown receptions (28), and stands second in career receptions (178).
The Tyrone, Ga. native won the 2006 Biletnikoff award as the nation’s top receiver during his junior season after pulling down 76 catches for 1,202 yards, and scoring a Tech single-season record 15 touchdowns.
He was also named the ACC Player of the Year that same season.
Johnson earned the league’s Rookie of the Year honor in 2004 after leading the team with 48 catches for 837 yards and seven scores, all Georgia Tech freshman records.
The No. 2 overall selection in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions, Johnson is Tech’s highest ever draft pick.
SPORTING NEWS ALL-DECADE TEAM (COLLEGE FOOTBALL)
OFFENSE WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh WR Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech T Chris Long, Virginia G Shawn Andrews, Arkansas C Alex Mack, California G Marcus McNeill, Auburn T Robert Gallery, Iowa TE Kellen Winslow, Miami QB Matt Leinart, USC RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas RB Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
DEFENSE DE David Pollack, Georgia DT John Henderson, Tennessee DT Tommie Harris, Oklahoma DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State LB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State LB Paul Posluszny, Penn State LB Derrick Johnson, Texas CB Terence Newman, Kansas State CB Lito Sheppard, Florida S Sean Taylor, Miami S Roy Williams, Oklahoma
SPECIALISTS K Mason Crosby, Colorado P Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor KR Ted Ginn, Ohio State PR Jeremy Maclin, Missouri