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Effingham County's Johnson puts his name on Carson-Newman line again
Toot Johnson is flanked by his parents, Niema and Frank Johnson, during an April 25 signing ceremony. - photo by Mark Lastinger/staff

SPRINGFIELD — Effingham County speedster Toot Johnson is eager to prove that he is ready for double athletic duty at the college level.
On April 25, Johnson inked his second national letter of intent to attend Carson-Newman University. It was for track.
A couple of months ago, Johnson, a running back, accepted a football offer from the NCAA Division II Eagles.
Combined, the scholarships will completly pay for Johnson's education at the Tennessee-based school.
"We are extremely proud of his accomplishments here at ECHS and to be able to go on to the next level and play, not one, but two sports," said Matt Huntley, the Rebels' athletic director.
Following Huntley's remarks at the signing ceremony, Effingham County track coach Phillip Richards said, "I second what you said. He is a great guy to be around. He's going to be successful, work hard and push others to work hard."
Johnson fears neither the athletic nor academic demands of a college athlete.
"I''m definitely ready," he said. "I'm preparing myself on the field and off the field. Hopefully, I will be prepared well enough to come in and do work."
Johnson, who rushed for 757 yards and seven touchdowns last year despite missing the first four games, owns Effingham County records in the 100- (10.7 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (21.8).