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Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen:
“If a guy tries to arm tackle him, he's going to break that," Petersen said. "If we give Ian a chance, he's always going to get positive yards."
Idaho Head Coach Dennis Erickson:
"He’s big time. I knew that going in," Erickson said. "You can’t tackle the guy. You better have three or four guys there to tackle the guy because he’s got such great vision and such great feet."
ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit during Boise State vs. Oregon State broadcast:
"Ian Johnson is showing he is a complete back, great vision."
"Great patience and an unbelievable burst to go along with strong legs."
"In the open field they have no chance of tackling this guy."
ESPN Analyst and Former NFL Running Back Robert Smith:
"He's a star waiting to emerge," said ESPN analyst and former NFL running back Robert Smith, who ranks Johnson fifth among Heisman Trophy candidates for ESPN.com. "... He's very good at finding creases and once he finds them, he accelerates so quickly and gets to such a high speed it's tough for people to catch up to him."