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Pete Johnson Guarantees "Boom" Herron Will Start The First Game Of The Season

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CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Dan Herron #34 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OH - MAY 12: Dan Herron #34 of the Cincinnati Bengals works out during a rookie minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium on May 12, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Pete Johnson, selected at No. 49 in the 1977 NFL draft, is one of Cincinnati's all-time running backs. Though time and history tend to fade through the heavy fog of the Mike Brown era, Johnson stands out. Playing seven seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, including Super Bowl XVI against the San Francisco 49ers, Johnson's pedigree includes:

  • Most touchdowns in franchise history (70)
  • Most rushing touchdowns in franchise history (64)
  • Fourth-most yards rushing in franchise history (5,421)
  • Second-most rushing touchdowns in a season (14 in 1979 and 1981)
  • Second-most rushing touchdowns in a game (3 against the Oilers in 1983)
  • Third-most rushing attempts in franchise history (1,402)
  • Three of the top five most touchdowns scored in a season (16 in 1981, 15 in 1979 and 14 in 1983)
  • Fourth-most 100-yard rushing games (14)
  • Second-most consecutive 100-yard rushing games (3)
  • Third-most rushes during a game (38 against the Steelers in 1983)

Johnson, a former Buckeye, reflects on another former Buckeye, Cincinnati's sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, Dan "Boom" Herron.

"I guarantee you he'll be starting by the first game," Johnson said. "He's a great player if they give him the chance. He can run the ball. He runs low. And he can catch the ball out of the backfield and we didn't do that enough at Ohio State. He's got a great sense of his surroundings and that's what a great running back needs."

Yes. We added the whole Ohio State angle for a reason. But unless Herron explodes, taking advantage of improbable injury scenarios, we're not sure Herron makes the team, much less competes for the starting job. You have to love the Buckeyes for life though. That's how they roll.