UB wide receiver Anthony Johnson named to Maxwell Award watch list

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Buffalo wide receiver Anthony Johnson during an NCAA college football game against Minnesota, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

After bursting onto the scene with more than 1,300 receiving yards and setting a school record with 14 touchdowns last season, UB wide receiver Anthony Johnson was named to the Maxwell Award watch list on Monday.

The Maxwell Award is given annually to the top player in college football.

According to the analytics web site Pro Football Focus, Johnson received the best grade among wide receivers in the upcoming 2019 Draft Class at 90.2 after last season’s performance.  In May, Johnson, along with quarterback Tyree Jackson and linebacker Khalil Hodge, were named to the Top 100 Prospects ahead of the 2019 Draft by CBS Sports.

Johnson, who joined the Bulls after spending time at Iowa Western Community College, ranked second nationally averaging 113 reception yards per game to help the Bulls reach bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013.  Oklahoma State’s James Washington, who was a second round pick by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the draft, ranked first averaging 119 yards per game.

Johnson also had six games where he totaled more than 140 yards in a game which was the most in the country.

The UB football team kicks the season off Sept. 1 against Delaware State.

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