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Thousands of student-athletes hit the transfer portal this offseason but only a handful of them will be hailed as the most impactful in the class once the season ends. The folks at On3 are ranking the top 10 transfers at each position this year, and Florida’s Montrell Johnson pops at No. 7 on the running backs list.
It makes to see Johnson on the list. He’s stepping into a favorable position at Florida and is following his head coach from last year. The Gators lost both of their top two running backs last, so Johnson is going to be Billy Napier’s go-to guy early in the year if familiarity is something he leans on. He finished 2021 with more yards and touchdowns than the rest of the running backs’ combined career totals.
Montrell Johnson rushed for 838 yards and a team-leading 12 TDs in earning Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year honors last season. He shared time with the Ragin’ Cajuns (Louisiana had three rushers with at least 600 yards in 2021) and will do so again with Florida … The hope is Johnson, Nay'Quan Wright and holdover Lorenzo Lingard, a former five-star prospect who began his career at Miami, can team with QB Anthony Richardson to give the Gators a potent rushing attack.
Two more SEC newcomers made the list ahead of Johnson. Ole Miss’ Zach Evans, who transferred from TCU, is No. 3, and Alabama’s Jahmyr Gibbs, who came from Georgia Tech, is at No. 1. It will be interesting to see where these three backs end up once the season is finished. Many expect Johnson to break out and move up a few spots.
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