Hamline News

November 30, 2009

Perfect Piper placekicker headed for D-III Senior Classic

Johnson will be playing for the north team in the inaugural Division III Senior Football Classic, presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (CDFL). 90 players, who represent 238 D-III football programs, will be playing in a "North vs. South" format all-star game.

The game will be played at Salem Stadium in Salem, Virginia. The stadium has been the home of the NCAA Division III football championship game since 1993.  

"I'm proud that Derek has the opportunity to represent our program at the Senior Classic. He truly deserves this honor," said head coach Jim Good. "His phenomenal off-season work really set him up for a successful season. We are going to miss him at Hamline!"

Johnson was the only kicker in the MIAC in both overall and conference play to be perfect in PATs this fall. He hit 29-of-29 PATs, 21 of those coming in MIAC play. 

"I'm thrilled that Hamline football is being recognized on a national level," added director of athletics Bob Beeman. "I know Derek will do a tremendous job of representing both himself and our school with pride at the game."

Johnson averaged 55.8 yards per kickoff and made 10 of 12 field goals, the best percentage in the MIAC.

Additionally, Johnson handled the punting duties for the win over Augsburg and averaged 39.5 yards per punt in four punts. The game was the only collegiate game in which he punted.

"I would like to thank all of my teammates and coaches, this wouldn't be possible without them," said Johnson. "The last four years have been amazing."

For more information about the Division III Senior Football Classic, click here for the game's website.