Dec. 11, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's Jaquez Johnson has been named Conference USA's football "Newcomer of the Year." He is the first FAU player to receive an individual award by C-USA.
Johnson, a sophomore, joined the squad in January, and vied for a starting spot among five quarterbacks. By the end of preseason camp, he was named the starting quarterback but was part of a three-man rotation.
Johnson won the starting battle and ended the regular-season nationally ranked in 14 categories.
He led the Owls' offense with 11 starts. Johnson led the squad's rushing attack during the Owls 4-0 finish and had four 100+ yard games. Johnson is tied at No. 85 nationally and No. 8 among quarterbacks in average rushing yards per game.
He was honored as the C-USA Player of the Week following his efforts at UAB, after he had a season high 115 rushing yards and 304 passing yards. He also was a three-time FAU offensive game ball winner. In one season, he captured FAU's career-record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 10 and nearly matched the all-time single-season rushing mark.
Johnson concluded his season with a team leading 772 yards on the ground, an average of 4.5 yards per carry and 70.2 yards per game. He completed 149 of 256 passes attempted for 1,876 yards. He tallied 22 touchdowns, 10 on the ground and 12 passing and was named the team's "Newcomer of the Year" at the season-ending banquet, as well as honorable mention all-conference.