It is hard to win football games without a stout offensive line. Birmingham Stallions general manager Zach Potter must agree because he continues to strengthen an already solid unit. This week the Stallions added guard Zack Johnson, the fourth new offensive lineman to join the team this USFL offseason.
Free Agent Signings:
• OG Zack Johnson, North Dakota State
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North Dakota State
Johnson (6’6, 315) played college football at FCS power North Dakota State. He was there during one of their most successful stretches from 2015 to 2019. In those five seasons, the Bison went 70-5 and won five conference championships and four national championships. Johnson played with three future NFL quarterbacks at NDSU: Carson Wentz, Easton Stick, and Trey Lance.
Johnson was a big part of the Bison’s success. He was a three-year starter, making 46 straight starts from 2017 to 2019. His sophomore season, he played right tackle and finished with an 81% technique grade and 29 knockdowns en route to helping the Bison rush for a school-record 4,083 rush yards. He was named All-Missouri Valley Football Conference Honorable Mention for his efforts.
His junior year, he only had one assignment error during the entire regular season. He finished the year with 41 knockdowns and only two sacks allowed. The school again set a record for rushing yards in a season with 4,293. For his efforts, Johnson was named a First Team All-American and First Team All-Missouri Vally Football Conference.
His senior year, Johnson shifted to play right guard. He was not any less successful there. He was again named a First Team All-American and First Team All-Missouri Vally Football Conference after registering 77 knockdowns. NDSU set a school record for rushing yards for a third straight year with him on the line, rushing for 4,601 yards. After the season, Johnson was selected to participate in the NFLPA…