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Marshall’s Johnson received his Christmas gift

Herald-Dispatch photo by Brad Helton Marshall running back Devon Johnson (47) rushes up the field on a carry as Marshall takes on UConn in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.
Herald-Dispatch photo by Brad Helton
Marshall running back Devon Johnson (47) rushes up the field on a carry as Marshall takes on UConn in the 2015 St. Petersburg Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Marshall University running back Devon Johnson wanted one last Christmas gift wrapped in green.

Johnson missed most of the season because of an unspecified injury and wanted one more chance to take the field with his Marshall football teammates and one last opportunity to play for the Thundering Herd faithful.

The senior got that opportunity Saturday in Marshall’s 16-10 victory against Connecticut in the St. Petersburg Bowl in domed Tropicana Field.

“They limited me a bit,” Johnson said. “I only had 10 contact plays and, after that, they took me out and that was it, but it was just amazing to be able to get back out there and play in front of Herd fans and for this team one last time to finish up my college career.”

Marshall head coach Doc Holliday had said previously that Johnson would not play…

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