Tulsa's Johnson will leave school to seek entry into NFL Draft

Associated Press
Published: Jan. 10, 2012 at 05:33 a.m.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2012 at 08:23 a.m.

TULSA, Okla. -- Tulsa wide receiver and kick returner Damaris Johnson, the NCAA leader in all-purpose yards who was suspended for much of the season, is leaving to pursue a pro career.

The university announced Monday that Johnson would withdraw from school.

Johnson was suspended near the beginning of the 2011 season after he was charged with embezzlement for paying only $14 for $2,600 worth of merchandise at a store where his girlfriend worked. He pleaded guilty and got a one-year deferred sentence.

In 2010, Johnson set the NCAA record for all-purpose yards (7,796) and career kickoff return yards (3,417). For his career, he had 2,746 receiving yards and 1,062 rushing yards.