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January 5, 2002
Steve Virgen Who would have thought a Newport Beach boy would be having fun in Idaho of all places? Eddie Johnson did. The former Newport Harbor High standout and star punter for Orange Coast College is not only having fun, he is making Idaho State coaches look like geniuses for recruiting him in the offseason. Johnson was the bright spot for the Division I-AA Bengals, who finished 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Big Sky Conference. He earned All-American status after leading the nation in punt average, 46.3 yards per punt, and his hang time was a result of Idaho State leading the nation in net punt average (which subtracts return yardage)
NEWS
November 29, 2000
Steve Virgen The news is spreading about the Orange Coast College football team, not just locally, but nationally. OCC outside linebacker Martin Janzon, tight end Ben Fredrickson and punter Eddie Johnson, all sophomores, have been recognized nationally by J.C. Grid-Wire, which released its All-American team Tuesday. J.C. Grid-Wire, a national publication, placed Janzon on the second-team defense. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Sweden has 124 tackles.
NEWS
November 21, 2002
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, broke an NCAA Division I-AA record by averaging 61.5 yards per punt to help Idaho State record a 24-14 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Saturday. Johnson averaged 61.5 yards per kick on punts of 80, 51, 49, 52, 67, and 70 yards (6 for 369) and broke the record for punting average in a game formerly shared by Harold Alexander of Appalachian St. (1992) and Jody Farmer of Montana (1988)
NEWS
August 24, 2004
Eddie Johnson, a former star punter at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals Monday. Johnson, who was an All-American collegiately at Idaho State University, was a rookie last season for the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2003. In 14 games with the Vikings, he averaged 39.1 yards per punt, with a long of 55. He was benched late in the season after dropping snaps in three straight games.
NEWS
August 26, 2003
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, has become the Minnesota Vikings' starting punter after the team made 11 cuts Monday. The Vikings cut Nick Murphy, who had been battling Johnson for the Vikings' starting punter position. Johnson is now the lone punter on the team. He was the Vikings' sixth-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. Minnesota will end its preseason by playing host to Arizona Thursday at 5 p.m. Johnson and the Vikings will open the regular season at Green Bay, Sept.
NEWS
February 2, 2001
Dustin Davis and Justin Blackard, two of Orange Coast College's remarkable linebacker trio, have committed to universities, Pirates' Coach Mike Taylor said. Davis, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound outside linebacker, is already enrolled at West Virginia Wesleyan after committing Sunday. Blackard, a hard-hitting middle linebacker, committed to Arkansas State on Wednesday. Martin Janzon has just returned from Sweden where he was born and raised. The unanimous All-Mission Conference Selection has been trying to catch up with phone calls from universities, Taylor said.
NEWS
December 7, 2000
Steve Virgen Monday night was a time to reflect on one of the most special football seasons at Orange Coast College. The Pirates' football banquet, which began at 6:30 p.m. and ended at 10, touched on the greatest moments of the year and coaches talked of their players, some who will now be leaving. The banquet was originally scheduled to end at 8:30 p.m., but because of the impact the players made throughout the season it carried on. Linebackers coach Mike Mayne probably said it best, "This is truly a unique year."
NEWS
February 6, 2001
COSTA MESA - Orange Coast College sophomore Eddie Johnson, an All-Mission Conference punter, said Monday he has verbally committed to continue his football and academic career at Idaho State. Johnson, an All-CIF standout and three-time All-Newport-Mesa District selection at Newport Harbor High, may sign a national letter of intent Wednesday, the first day of the signing period. He visited Pocatello last weekend, after making previous recruiting visits to Portland and Arkansas State.
NEWS
July 26, 2004
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, was released by the Minnesota Vikings, who granted the punter's request made shortly after the team signed veteran Darren Bennett in March. Johnson, a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2003, is expecting to be claimed off waivers despite having minor surgery on his lower body. He said he will likely be able to resume punting in about two weeks. Among the NFL teams that need a punter include, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona.
NEWS
July 31, 2003
Eddie Johnson, the former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings last Friday, his agent Ken Harris said. Johnson's deal was just under $1 million for the three years and included a signing bonus of $75,820. Johnson, an All-American punter out of Idaho State, has been working with kickoffs, holding for field goals and punting with the Vikings, who opened camp Friday and practiced with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday.
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August 24, 2004
Eddie Johnson, a former star punter at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, was waived by the Cincinnati Bengals Monday. Johnson, who was an All-American collegiately at Idaho State University, was a rookie last season for the Minnesota Vikings, who drafted him in the sixth round in 2003. In 14 games with the Vikings, he averaged 39.1 yards per punt, with a long of 55. He was benched late in the season after dropping snaps in three straight games.
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NEWS
July 26, 2004
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, was released by the Minnesota Vikings, who granted the punter's request made shortly after the team signed veteran Darren Bennett in March. Johnson, a sixth-round pick of the Vikings in 2003, is expecting to be claimed off waivers despite having minor surgery on his lower body. He said he will likely be able to resume punting in about two weeks. Among the NFL teams that need a punter include, Cincinnati, Dallas, Detroit, Kansas City, San Francisco and Arizona.
NEWS
November 12, 2003
Steve Virgen There were three teams with one victory that pulled off upsets Sunday. Just another day in the NFL. In San Diego, a 41-year-old quarterback further established his magic, while a rookie punter took his lumps, booted three solid punts and gained more experience in the league. Like Doug Flutie, Eddie Johnson has come a long way to reach the NFL. Johnson, a former standout at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, is also seeking a trademark such as Flutie's magic.
NEWS
September 10, 2003
Steve Virgen The Minnesota Vikings are known for Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss, but, with their sixth-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, they are hoping they also become recognized for their special teams, particularly in the punting department. Eddie Johnson, a former standout at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, made it through training camp, won a battle with Nick Murphy and became the Vikings' punter, as Minnesota opened its season against Green Bay at Lambeau Field Sunday.
NEWS
August 26, 2003
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, has become the Minnesota Vikings' starting punter after the team made 11 cuts Monday. The Vikings cut Nick Murphy, who had been battling Johnson for the Vikings' starting punter position. Johnson is now the lone punter on the team. He was the Vikings' sixth-round selection in the 2003 NFL Draft. Minnesota will end its preseason by playing host to Arizona Thursday at 5 p.m. Johnson and the Vikings will open the regular season at Green Bay, Sept.
NEWS
August 18, 2003
Steve Virgen Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, averaged 49.3 yards on four punts Saturday, putting himself slightly ahead in the two-man race to become the starting punter for the Minnesota Vikings. Nick Murphy, who led the NFL Europe in punting average (42.4) last year, had a 39.3 average on four punts, including two punts inside the 20 Saturday, when the Vikings lost, 26-16, to Kansas City. Johnson punted first for the Vikings, booting the ball 50 yards.
NEWS
July 31, 2003
Eddie Johnson, the former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, signed a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings last Friday, his agent Ken Harris said. Johnson's deal was just under $1 million for the three years and included a signing bonus of $75,820. Johnson, an All-American punter out of Idaho State, has been working with kickoffs, holding for field goals and punting with the Vikings, who opened camp Friday and practiced with the Kansas City Chiefs Wednesday.
NEWS
July 7, 2003
Steve Virgen Eddie Johnson's quest to break into the NFL as a punter will begin July 25. He could be signed as a Minnesota Viking or become a free agent. That will be determined during training camp. The make-or-break situation is not uncharted territory for Johnson, a former standout punter at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College. Seemingly, he is battle-tested to overcome challenges. There were obstacles he had to surpass to reach levels as the best punter in OCC history, a two-time All-American at Idaho State University and the sixth-round selection by the Vikings in the 2003 NFL Draft.
NEWS
April 28, 2003
Barry Faulkner Eddie Johnson, who earned All-American honors in two seasons as a punter at Idaho State University after starring at Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College, was selected in the sixth round by the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL Draft Sunday. Johnson, who grew up in Costa Mesa, averaged 46.3 yards on 100 punts over two seasons at Idaho State, which led the nation in net punting during both of Johnson's seasons. Johnson could not be reached for comment Sunday.
NEWS
November 21, 2002
Eddie Johnson, a former Newport Harbor High and Orange Coast College standout, broke an NCAA Division I-AA record by averaging 61.5 yards per punt to help Idaho State record a 24-14 victory over Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Saturday. Johnson averaged 61.5 yards per kick on punts of 80, 51, 49, 52, 67, and 70 yards (6 for 369) and broke the record for punting average in a game formerly shared by Harold Alexander of Appalachian St. (1992) and Jody Farmer of Montana (1988)
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