Trevorris Johnson could never get out of Gary Patterson’s dog house.
The 5’11”, 226 pound power back - who always fancied himself more of an east-west runner, leaves TCU with his degree in hand after spending four years on campus. Johnson, who averaged 5.8 yards on 137 carries across 36 games, had flashes of his immense potential over his three years on the field, but had a problem with fumbling, keeping him off the field in favor of the myriad of other promising backs that came through Patterson’s program.
Over the weekend, he visited Oregon State, and coach Gary Anderson locked him up for 2017, when he will be eligible immediately.
Johnson’s best game of 2016 came in the rout of Texas, when he compiled 11 attempts for 68 yards and a score against the Longhorns. He scored eight total TDs as a Horned Frog, but saw his carries decline annually, and had just one game of 100+ yards, as a redshirt freshman in 2014. With sophomores Darius Anderson and Sewo Olonilua expected to have increased roles, plus the rise of senior Kyle Hicks and the return of Shaun Nixon from injury, the backfield was looking crowded for TCU and Johnson went searching for a bigger role.
With so few career carries, Johnson should have a lot of tread on the tires, and be an effective weapon for the Beavers. Here’s hoping that he will finally admit he’s a power back - and a good one - and that Coach Anderson will be the one that finally gives him the damn ball.