MOBILE, Ala. – University of South Alabama junior defensive lineman Gi’Narious Johnson has been honored once again for his work in the classroom with the release of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District® Football Team on Thursday.
The Gulfport, Miss., native becomes the first individual in program history from the defensive side of the ball to earn the recognition in consecutive seasons.
Johnson has recorded 17 stops thus far this fall, with a pair of those behind the line of scrimmage including a sack, while helping the Jags to a 5-5 overall mark. He was credited with a season-high four tackles — including an assist for loss — at ULM, adding three stops in a victory over Southern Mississippi to begin the year; in all, Johnson has recorded multiple tackles on six occasions during the 2021 campaign.
An honorable mention all-Sun Belt Conference selection the previous fall, in three years at South Johnson has to-taled 53 tackles, 6½ stops behind the line highlighted by 3½ sacks, and a pass defensed.
To be considered for honors, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or better, be a starter or important reserve, and must have sophomore status both academically and athletically. District 4 features the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
Johnson is now eligible to earn Academic All-America honors, which will be announced on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
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