Darlington, Wis., running back and Wisconsin Badgers verbal commit Hunter Johnson has had quite the start to the 2016 season.
Through just five weeks, Johnson has rushed for 1,153 yards on 65 carries (17.7 yards per carry) and 21 touchdowns (h/t wissports.net).
Not only has Johnson been able to consistently put up eye popping numbers, he’s been a driving force behind a team that has gone undefeated up to this point and averaging 54 points per game.
Friday’s game against Cuba City was no different, as he rushed for 360 yards and four touchdowns on just 13 carries -- as confirmed via his head coach, Scott Zywicki, on Monday. He also added two other touchdowns, as dissected by Badger247's Evan Flood.
Hunter Johnson 1st half stats:— Evan Flood (@Evan_Flood) September 17, 2016
13 carries, 362 yards, 4 TD's
1 catch, 45 yards, TD
1 interception return for a TD#Badgers
Simply put, Johnson has impressed many in his senior campaign and is currently a semifinalist for the Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch Award given to the state's top senior running back and is a part of the WSN Senior Football Awards.
Hunter Johnson of Darlington has scored a touchdown on 32.3% of his carries this year (21 TD on 65 carries). #wisfb— Travis Wilson (@travisWSN) September 19, 2016
Tonight was my 1st time seeing Darlington RB Hunter Johnson play, was described to me as "a man amongst boys." That is an understatement.— Melissa Y. Kim (@melissaykim) September 17, 2016
Wisconsin's Walk-On tradition has been well documented. Whether Johnson ends up being the next great walk-on story remains to be seen. but if we have learned anything, it's to not overlook a local athlete willing to put in the work at Wisconsin.