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Johnson named Baugh winner, MAC Player of Year

Posted by: Jason Bristol

HARRISBURG -- Bowling Green quarterback Matt Johnson, a graduate of Bishop McDevitt, is the winner of the prestigious Sammy Baugh Trophy, presented to college football's top passer, the school announced.

Johnson, with a school-record 4,465 passing yards, enters Friday's MAC Championship Game just 22 yards shy of becoming the single-season passing leader in Mid-American Conference history. His 41 passing touchdowns - and 45 total - are tied with Omar Jacobs for the school and MAC single-season record. Johnson leads the Football Bowl Subdivision in passing yards and points responsible for, while he is second in passing touchdowns.

The Baugh Trophy, which was first presented in 1959, has been held by legendary quarterbacks such as Steve Young, John Elway, and Bob Griese. It will be presented to Johnson at the 61st Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on February 6 in Columbus, Ohio.

Johnson was named MAC Offensive Player of the Year on Wednesday, as well.

He is the first Falcon since Brian McClure in 1985 to earn the Baugh Trophy.

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