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05/12/17 - OT Rod Johnson, a fifth-round pick from Florida State, is starting out as a left tackle. He will be Joe Thomas' backup but is open to switching to right tackle where the Browns need more help. "When I was at home last week, (offensive line) coach (Bob) Wylie called me, and he said he had me penciled in at left tackle, but anything can happen," Johnson said. "If you want me to go to right, I will go to right. If you want me at left, I will stay at left. I do not move inside. I am strictly a tackle."
01/10/17 - Offensive Lineman Roderick Johnson Declares for NFL Draft...Junior left tackle Roderick Johnson, a two-time Jacobs Blocking Trophy winner as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s top offensive lineman, will enter the 2017 National Football League Draft, he announced Tuesday afternoon. After taking over the starting left tackle position against Miami midway through the 2014 season, Johnson started the final 31 games of his Florida State career, helping FSU to the 2014 ACC Championship and three consecutive New Year’s Six bowls. “After dedicating time to prayer and talking with my family, I have decided it is in my best interest to declare for the 2017 NFL Draft,” Johnson said in a statement released Tuesday. “I look forward to the challenges ahead and am excited about the opportunity to play at the next level.”
Johnson, from Florissant, Mo., began his career as a freshman in 2014 coming off the bench for an offensive line that saw all five players drafted or sign free agent contracts in the NFL. Against Miami, Johnson made his first career start at left tackle, helping pave the way for then-freshman running back Dalvin Cook’s 92-yard performance in what is seen as a breakout performance for both players. Behind Johnson, Cook would go on to set multiple FSU rushing records, including 4,464 career yards, 1,765 rushing yards in 2016 and 46 rushing touchdowns. He was twice named the ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week, following historic rushing performances by Cook against USF (267 yards, No. 2 in FSU history) and Syracuse (225 yards, No. 7). Johnson was also the driving force behind the early career success of redshirt freshman quarterback Deondre Francois in 2016. - Florida State Football
12/26/16 - 2016 ALL-ACC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): T Roderick Johnson, Jr., Florida State (34),...Five Seminoles were named All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team selections by the league’s 14 head coaches, the ACC announced. Running back Dalvin Cook, offensive tackle Roderick Johnson, defensive end DeMarcus Walker and cornerback Tarvarus McFadden repeated their first team media selections from last week. Junior defensive tackle Derrick Nnadi earned first team honors for the first time in his career. - Florida State Football
11/21/16 - NOV 21 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN BACK OF THE WEEK: Roderick Johnson, Florida State, Jr., LT, 6-7, 307, Florissant, Mo.,...Johnson had a season-best 97 percent grade on pass plays and was Florida State’s overall highest graded offensive lineman in the Seminoles’ win at Syracuse in which they registered a season-best 654 yards of total offense. Johnson paved the way for Dalvin Cook to rush for 225 yards and four touchdowns and also protected quarterback Deondre Francois, who passed for 315 yards and two touchdowns. Johnson did not allow a sack. - ACC Football
10/01/16 - SEPT 26 ACC OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Roderick Johnson, Florida State, Jr., OT, 6-7, 311, Florissant, Mo.,...In Saturday’s 55-35 win over USF, Johnson led an offensive line effort that paved the way for 478 yards rushing - the nation’s highest single game performance this season - and 647 yards of total offense - the most by the Seminoles since 2012. Johnson had the offensive line’s top grade and opened holes for Dalvin Cook’s incredible day (267 rushing yards, 329 total yards, two TDs). Jacques Patrick added 124 yards and a score on the ground, while quarterback Deondre Francois had 75 yards on the ground and 169 yards passing. FSU came within one yard of tying the school record for rushing yards in the road victory. - ACC Football