ANTHONY JOHNSON WASN’T SURE WHAT TO
expect last fall in his first season as Pace’s starting
tailback, but 2,114 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns
certainly weren’t in the equation.
“To be honest, no,” Johnson said. “I guess I knew I
could do it, but even I was surprised.”
The 5-foot- 8, 196-pound bulldozer earned his first
varsity experience as a sophomore in 2014, playing
fullback in front of the program’s all-time leading rusher,
With Weimerskirch scheduled to graduate in the
spring of 2015, Johnson committed to a strict strength
training regimen with a mix of agility drills before his
junior season. He served as the bell cow last fall and
moved to within striking distance of Weimerskirch’s
career rushing record ( 4,685 yards) heading into his
senior season. He also earned his first scholarship offer
this spring from Southeastern Louisiana University.
“I do want the school rushing record, and I definitely
can do it,” Johnson said. “I need about 2,300 yards to
beat it, and I feel like I’m capable.”
MEET THE 2016 COVERBOYS,
AS VOTED BY THE FANS
IT’S NOT LIKE DARRIAN FELIX WAS COMPLE TELY
unknown to college recruiters before this offseason – not
a player who scored 20 touchdowns for Fort Myers as a sopho-
more in 2014 and had an even better junior season last fall.
It’s just that Felix’s stock wasn’t quite as high as it
eventually got the minute he clocked a 4.39-second 40-yard
dash in January at the US Army National Combine. The
scholarship offers started to pour in fast and furious, and
Felix’s 10-foot, 8-inch broad jump and 40-inch vertical leap
didn’t hurt his stock either.
“I always had this athleticism,” Felix said. “It started to
He clocked a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, a 4.09-second
increase as I got older and I got stronger and faster.”
Felix proved that performance was no fluke in February
when the 5-foot- 11, 189-pound multi-purpose back flashed big
numbers at the Nike+ Football The Opening Regional in Miami.
shuttle run and tested a 43-inch vertical leap.
“It’s the result of a lot of hard work,” Felix said.
KEVIN AUSTIN JR. HAS
grown four inches in height
– and worlds as a football
player – since joining the
North Broward football team
as a freshman two years ago.
Now a junior, the 6-foot- 3,
195-pound wide receiver is
one of Florida’s fastest-rising
prospects in the Class of
2018. After racking up 43
receptions for 800 yards and
12 touchdowns as a sophomore, Austin received offers
from Michigan State, N.C.
State, Duke and Kentucky.
“My combo of speed and
size helps me get over the
top of corners,” Austin said.
“When the ball is in the air,
Austin was the top vote-
I can jump and get it. And I
don’t go down easily.”
Just about any high
school receiver would love
to be lucky enough to grow
four inches in two years,
but Austin left nothing to
luck when it came to his
commitment to strength
and conditioning. He trains
at Premier Athletes of South
Florida on the weekends.
getter in the 2016 FNF Florida
Coverboy Contest with 2,410
Kevin Austin Jr.
FNF Magazine opened the
coverboy selection process to
the fans for the first time in the
publication’s history through the
2016 FNF Coverboy Contest.
Starting in February, FNF called
for nominations of players that
fans deemed worthy to be on
the cover. After narrowing the
field of nominees to 1 6 finalists,
FNF hosted an online vote at
FNFMagazine.com. The top four
vote-getters from each state
earned the right to serve as 2016
GEORGE GOLDEN IV DOESN’T HAVE TO THINK TWICE
about what separates him on the football field.
“Speed, speed, speed,” Golden said.
Golden’s track background helped make him one of the
most explosive players in the Ft. Lauderdale area as a junior
last fall. The 5-foot- 8, 152-pound tailback who goes by the
nickname, “G4”, averaged nearly 100 yards per game and
scored seven touchdowns.
“It was a great year,” Golden said. “I didn’t play on the
He credits his win in the 2016 FNF Coverboy Contest to
varsity team until my junior year, but I had some good
coaches there to help me adjust.”
Golden, who ran a 4.51-second 40-yard-dash at the
Nike+ Football The Opening Regional in Miami in March, has
received offers from Army and Idaho.
the passion of the Dillard fans.
“It’s the Panther pride,” Golden said. “The whole school
was behind me – the administrators, teachers, students and
coaches. It was fun to be a part of it.”