Johnson follows in Boyd's footsteps as MVP


Clemson commit Hunter Johnson was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Johnson, the nation’s No. 1 quarterback in the 2017 class from Brownsburg, Ind., accounted for the game’s first score when he threw a 61-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, helping lead the East to a 27-17 win over the West at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Johnson became Clemson’s second MVP of the prestigious annual all-star game, following Tajh Boyd, who was co-MVP of the award in 2009.

“It was a blast, so much fun,” Johnson said during NBC’s broadcast of the game. “I could not have expected a better time.”

Johnson put the East on the board first when he threw the 61-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs III at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter. On his first throw of the game earlier in the drive, Johnson completed a 19-yard pass to Michigan commit Donovan Peoples-Jones for a first down.

“I felt a little pressure coming from the outside edge, so I just slid over a little bit,” Johnson said, describing his touchdown. “I saw him open deep and just put it down the middle of the field where he could go get it, and he made a great play and outran those guys once he caught it.”

As a senior this season, Johnson threw for 2,233 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 525 yards and three touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder passed for 6,657 yards and 69 touchdowns during his high school career.

Johnson committed to Clemson last December. The early enrollee will arrive on campus Sunday before beginning classes for the spring semester on Wednesday.

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