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Rasheed rumbles in the Ville

Rasheed Johnson. Photo courtesy of MUathletics.

Krystle Bittner
Staff Writer

Millersville Marauder’s safety, Rasheed Johnson is currently ranked seventh in Millersville football all time record book for total tackles with 328. He’s also ranked sixth all time in solo tackles with 168. Needless to say, he’s a great asset to Millersville’s defense.
Johnson has been apart of the team since 2011, redshirted during his first season, but making a name for himself once he started getting field time in 2012. During his first season on the field in 2012, he finished second on the team in tackles with 62, and led the team in solo stops with 34. He played in 11 games, starting in six of them.
During his 2013 season, he was voted defensive MVP after ranking 12th in the PSAC and leading the team in tackles. He started in 8 of the 11 games that he played, and lead the team in interceptions, as well.
In 2014, he was the team’s most productive defensive player for the third season in a row. This time around he started in all 11 games at safety. Ranking 17th in the PSAC and with his 82 tackles he finished second on the team.

Rasheed Johnson. Photo courtesy of MUathletics.
Rasheed Johnson. Photo courtesy of MUathletics.

During this current season, Johnson’s last season as a Marauder, he continued to prove himself on the field. In the first game of the season against Ursinus, he had an interception. Against Lock Haven he had 10 sacks, and against Clarion University he had 19 tackles. Both Millersville and Cheyney went into last Saturday’s game 0-9, and fortunately, the Marauders came out with their first win.
When asked about how it feels to be 1-9 his season year, Johnson replied,
“Being 1-9 sucks, but I see a lot of growth and change in the team since my freshman year. I think my team is going to be way better in years to come. It’s a lot of good, young talent and great coaches who all want to see the program do a turn around. I think it’s leading in the right direction. With one game left I just want to make sure we finish with a W so the team can keep the streak going and have something to build on.”
No matter what the standings are, or what the statistics are throughout the seasons, the passion this team has for the game is incredible. There’s so much talent on the field offensively and defensively, and no matter what the outcome is, they’re always ready to continue to prove themselves.
Johnson received offers to play in two separate bowls once his season is over. One of the offers was for the National Bowl, which is played on December 6, 2015 in Miami, Florida. Another offer was for the Dream Bowl, which is played on January 18, 2016 in Virginia Beach, VA.
Both of these bowls are offered to the best FCS, D2, and D3 players in the country. These games will give him the chance to possibly earn a professional opportunity because he will be performing in front of CFL, AFL, and NFL teams and scouts.
Johnson plans on attending and playing in both of these bowls increasing his chances to get noticed by the higher leagues.
With one game left in the season against Edinboro who stands at 0-10, hopefully Millersville can end their season with another win.