Matt Jones has been the online sports editor for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and NWA Media since 2010. He is also a feature writer for Hawgs Illustrated magazine and is currently working on his Master's degree at the University of Arkansas.
Favorite Sport: Basketball
Best Sports Memories: Watching Arkansas' basketball national championship in 1994; being at the Georgia Dome when the tornado hit during the 2008 SEC Tournament; countless hours spent at Baum Stadium in the spring.
Favorite Fayetteville Restaurants: Noodles, Penguin Ed's and Mojitos
Education: University of Arkansas
Johnson to make first NFL start
Houston Texans running backs Deji Karim, left, talk Dennis Johnson before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
FAYETTEVILLE Former Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson is slated to make his first NFL start this weekend.
Johnson, an undrafted rookie free agent who signed with Houston in October, will start the Texans' game against Denver on Sunday in place of Ben Tate, who is out with a rib injury.
“He has some talent,” left tackle Duane Brown told the Houston Chronicle. “He has a low center of gravity. He runs very hard. He plays with a lot of intensity.
“In our scheme, he makes that one cut, and he’s going downhill. I think he’s really going to help us.”
Johnson has rushed for 154 yards on 37 carries this season for the Texans, who own the NFL's longest losing streak of 12 games. In a game last week against the Colts, Johnson rushed 4 times for 12 yards and added 108 yards on kickoff returns.