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Cody Johnson, a 5-foot-11, 250-pound bowling ball of a tailback has been a pleasant surprise in training camp and has forced his way into the rotation.

Johnson has 24 career touchdowns and ran for 109 yards in his only start last season against Baylor. Conditioning and weight problems kept him from playing more.

“He’s come back and lost 4 or 5 percent body fat this summer. He’s still the same weight but he’s in great shape,” Brown said. “I think we got onto him so much that we got discouraged, very honestly. You can’t do it as a coach, the young man has to do it and this summer he did it on his own.”