ADA – Despite a season-opening 58-14 loss by East Central University at NCAA Division I Subdivision team Sam Houston State on Thursday night, Tiger junior quarterback Marcus Johnson was named Lone Star Conference North Offensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Johnson, a 6-1 junior out of Abilene, Texas, completed 31-of-53 passes (58.5 percent) for 296 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss. He connected with tight end Thurman Sims on a 6-yard scoring pass and hooked up with Tyrone Gibbs on a 53-yarder for a TD, both in the second half.
Johnson was tabbed as the preseason pick for LSC North Offensive Player of the Year after being named LSC North Offensive Back of the Year in 2007. He broke several school records enroute to that award last year.
ECU (0-1) opens the home portion of its 2008 schedule on Saturday by taking on Texas A&M-Kingsville at 6 p.m. at Norris Field.