Warren’s Johnson headed to Augustana

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Warren football standout Erik Johnson has announced his decision to continue his academic and athletic career at Augustana College in Rock Island. He will enroll this fall and join coach Rob Cushman’s Viking football program.

Johnson, a 6-0, 190-pound linebacker, was a key player for coach Dave Mohapp’s Blue Devils. He served as a team captain his senior year, recording 70 solo tackles and assisting on 24 more. In addition, he had three interceptions and 4.5 sacks, earning All-North Suburban Conference honors.

He handled punting chores as well for the Blue Devils, who qualified for the IHSA Class 8A playoffs.

As a junior, Johnson had 45 tackles, one interception, one sack and recovered a pair of fumbles, including one for a touchdown.

Johnson also lettered in track and baseball at Warren. At Augustana, he plans on majoring in Spanish and business administration with a focus on marketing.

Johnson joins a Viking program with an outstanding tradition. Cushman will be in his third season as Augustana’s head coach. The Vikings went 5-5 in 2012 and finished fourth in the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin.

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