Miami's Sly Johnson Accepts Invitation to 2001 Delchamps Senior Bowl

Updated 10/25/2000
OXFORD, Ohio (Oct. 25, 2000) -- Miami University wide receiver Sly Johnson (Miramar, Fla./Miramar) has received and accepted an invitation to the 2001 Delchamps Senior Bowl. The annual collegiate all-star game, which is generally recognized as the most prestigious postseason all-star game for NFL hopefuls, is scheduled for 1 p.m. CST, Saturday, Jan. 20 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.

One of Miami's top all-time receivers, Johnson presently leads the 2000 RedHawks in receiving yardage (499), yards per reception (16.1) and touchdown catches (5). He ranks third in receptions with 31. For his career, Johnson is eighth on Miami's all-time list for receiving yardage (1,455 yards) and ninth in touchdown receptions (12).

Johnson is ranked in the Mid-American Conference's top 25 for five statistical categories: sixth in receiving yardage (71.3 yards per game), ninth in receptions (4.4 pg), 18th in scoring (4.3 ppg), 21st in points-responsible-for (4.3 ppg) and 22nd in all-purpose yardage (71.6 ypg).

"This is another terrific honor for one of our players and program," said Miami coach Terry Hoeppner. "Sly worked hard to come back from his injury of a year ago and is making an impact this season. There's no question he has the talent to play at the next level."

Johnson, who missed seven games in 1999 with a knee injury, holds the record for the longest (94 yards) and second-longest (91) touchdown receptions in Miami history.

He is the third Miami player in the past two seasons to earn a Senior Bowl Invitation. (Trevor Gaylor and Travis Prentice played in the 2000 game.) Overall, Johnson is the 10th player in school history to accept a Senior Bowl invite. Seven of the previous nine Miami invitees went on to play in the National Football League.

Earlier this month, senior offensive tackle Alex Sulfsted accepted an invitation to the Hula Bowl.