JONESBORO — Arkansas State senior wide receiver Jonathan Adams Jr. made his fifth appearance on a 2020 All-America team on Wednesday, earning second-team honors from the Football Writers Association of America.
Adams becomes the second player in school history to be named to the FWAA All-America team, joining former offensive lineman and 1975 first-team selection Ken Jones.
Ohio State’s Garrett Wilson and Adams are the second-team wide receivers on the FWAA All-America team. Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and North Texas’ Jaelon Darden are the first-team receivers.
In addition to the FWAA, Adams has also garnered second-team All-America recognition this year from the Sporting News, Associated Press and CBS Sports. The former Jonesboro High School star has also been tabbed an honorable mention All-American by Pro Football Focus.
The Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Year and a Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, Adams ranks third in the nation in total receptions (79) and touchdown catches (12) and fifth in receiving yards (1,111), statistics compiled in 10 games. Both his 7.9 receptions per game and 111.1 receiving yards average rank ninth in the country.
Adams’ 1,111 receiving yards are the third most ever by an ASU player, while his 79 catches rank fifth in the school record books.
Johnson joins A-State support staffASU head coach Butch Jones announced Wednesday that veteran strength and conditioning coach Brian Johnson, who has more than 10 years of combined experience at both the FBS and NFL levels, has joined the Red Wolves’ support staff as assistant athletics director for athletics performance.
“Coach Johnson has earned great respect and a national reputation in the sports performance industry as a coach who will completely develop our players and prepare them to meet their full potential,” Jones said. “We are very excited for him to begin working with and developing our student-athletes and helping them achieve all their goals moving forward.”
Johnson spent the last three seasons as the director of strength and conditioning at Arizona, which followed a one-year stint in 2017 as an assistant sports performance coach at Texas A&M. He worked as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the San Francisco 49ers in 2015 and 2016 before moving to College Station, Texas, to work with the Aggies’ program.
The previous three seasons (2012-14) saw Johnson work as an assistant strength and conditioning coordinator at his alma mater, LSU, where he played on the 2003 national championship team and was a four-year letterman. He was an All-SEC performer on the offensive line and went on to play in the NFL with the Arizona Cardinals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Baltimore Ravens.
Johnson spent one season as the head strength and conditioning coach for football at Akron, which was preceded by a two-year stop as an assistant at Florida State.