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East Carolina freshman receiver C.J. Johnson makes a catch against Tulsa at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium.

NEW ORLEANS, La. — East Carolina wide receiver C.J. Johnson has been named to the 2019 Football Writers Association of America-Shaun Alexander Freshman All-America Team presented by Stand Together according to an announcement by the organization Monday.

Johnson is the first Pirate offensive player in program history to earn a place on a postseason national rookie squad and eighth overall, most recently following linebacker Jeremy Grove’s FWAA selection in 2011.

The Greenville native set an ECU freshman record with a team-leading 908 reception yards, while also topping the unit with a 16.8 yards-per-catch average, a 75.7 yards-per-game clip and four 100-yard receiving outings. His reception (54) and touchdown catch (four) totals stood second among all Pirate receivers.

Johnson, who opened six of 12 contests during his initial campaign, also established an East Carolina and American Athletic Conference single-game reception yards standard with 283 (career-best 12 catches) against Cincinnati on Nov. 2, which ranks as the highest individual single-game output at the FBS level in 2019. His other triple-digit performances included a 141-yard effort versus Tulsa, 106 at UCF and 100 against Temple.