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J.J. On the Rise, Kaiser Gets a Tune-up
Tuesday, January 27, 8:00 a.m. PT

NFL and other professional coaches and scouts, along with a national television audience, got to see first-hand what most Oregon Duck fans already knew during the 2008 Senior Bowl on Saturday night: Jeremiah Johnson is a special back.

Never mind the fact that J.J. is the only running back in school history to have three runs of 76 or more yards (over a two-game stretch no less), broke Barry Sanders' Holiday Bowl record for the longest scoring play in his UO finale, and ended his Pac-10 career with more than 2,000 yards while averaging 6.7 yards per carry, he's never garnered the publicity within the conference or on a national level that was deserved.

 

Jeremiah Johnson introduces Alabama's Rashad Johnson to the stiff arm.

But as he slashed, stiff-armed and sprinted around the edge in a bowl game featuring a collection of the best outgoing seniors in college football, Johnson clearly made his mark. He rushed for 22 yards on three carries, caught a pair of passes for 26 yards and a touchdown, and scored a two-point conversion on a sweep around the left side.

As a result, Johnson's draft stock could be on the rise. More than a few media outlets have made mention of his senior bowl performance, including Sporting News, Scout.com and Bleacher Report.

KAISER HAS SURGERY

Starting offensive tackle C.E. Kaiser underwent surgery on his left ankle Friday, Jan. 23 to remove bone chips and tighten ligaments. The junior-to-be is expected to be on crutches for four weeks and his participation in spring drills will be limited. Assuming no setbacks during rehabilitation and recovery, he could be cleared for full activity by early May.

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