Kalen DeBoer comments on injury to Washington RB Dillon Johnson
Kalen DeBoer was asked about the injury to Washington running back Dillon Johnson shortly after the final second ticked off the clock at the Sugar Bowl on Monday night.
Johnson’s injury occurred as Washington was attempting to run out the clock in the final minute with a 37-31 lead. DeBoer called it “unfortunate” that Johnson’s injury caused the clock to stop with 50 seconds remaining — and thus gave Texas a chance to mount a comeback attempt in the final minute.
DeBoer also said he does not know the severity of Johnson’s injury, but said he seems to be “hurt pretty good.”
“I don’t even know the severity. Obviously, he was in a lot of pain,” DeBoer told ESPN’s Molly McGrath. “We were kind of focused on the situation and the unfortunate piece with that with a guy going down and the clock situation. But he’s a huge part of this team. Obviously it looks like he’s hurt pretty good but we gotta pick it up for him if that’s what it is.”
Washington will face Michigan in the national championship game in exactly one week. If Johnson can’t go, it would be a huge blow for the Huskies’ offense. He is Washington’s leading rusher this season with 1,162 yards through 14 games.
No other Washington running back cleared 200 yards on the season. Tybo Rogers was the Huskies’ backup running back vs. Texas. He ran the ball 5 times for 19 yards.