Lincoln, Neb. -- Rush end Trevor Johnson was presented the 2003 Football Lifter of the Year Award in a team meeting before Monday?s practice. A 6-4, 255-pound senior from Lincoln Northeast, Johnson added his named to Nebraska?s prestigious Record Platform by scoring more than 500 points on all performance and strength tests, including the 10-yard dash, 40-yard dash, pro agility run, vertical jump, squat and hang clean.
Johnson recorded the fourth highest Performance Index of any Husker at post winter conditioning with 2,474 points. During his career at Nebraska, Johnson has improved his overall Performance Index by 751 points. He gained 11 pounds during winter conditioning and improved his body composition from 11 percent to 8 percent. In addition to improving his body composition, Johnson improved his 40-yard dash by .06 seconds and his pro agility run by .05 seconds. In the past year, he has increased his squat by 52 points and 133 performance points.
The Lifter of the Year is voted on by the football team each year and is awarded to the athlete who has shown the greatest improvement through strength and conditioning. Johnson is the fifth rush end to win the award in the past six seasons. He was selected over six other finalists that included junior offensive lineman Jake Andersen, senior nose tackle Ryon Bingham, senior defensive tackle Patrick Kabongo, senior I-back Robin Miller, senior center Josh Sewell and sophomore strong safety Shane Siegel.
By earning recognition as Football's Lifter of the Year, Johnson is now a candidate for the Husker Power Athlete of the Year, which will be awarded on April 16, 2003.