Robert “Jet” Johnson 1961
Football, Track 1957-60
Today, 28 years after he carried the pigskin as one of the premier halfbacks in Benedict College football history, Robert "Jet" Johnson still holds the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference single-game rushing record of 311 yards. That feat was accomplished on Thanksgiving Day 1960 in Orangeburg, when he scored five touchdowns against South Carolina State College - - the shortest on a 59" yard run and the longest for 89 yards.
Johnson, a. native of Palatka, Florida, had proven his greatness earlier as a Benedict sophomore in 1958 by leading the SIAC in rushing with 897 yards and emerging top scorer with 62 points. He led the nation's small college players in scoring in 1960 with 120 points, and remains Benedict's all-time top scorer and rusher. He also starred in track for the Tigers, posting a 9.5 record in the 100-yard dash.
After 12 successful seasons as a high school coach, Johnson joined the staff of South Carolina State College in 1973 as an assistant football coach and head track coach. His men's track teams have won nine outdoor Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference titles, three indoor championships, and one cross country title. The S.C. State women, under his leadership, have earned five outdoor titles and brought the school the AlAW national championship in 1982.
Johnson has received numerous Coach of the Year honors and other accolades as the Bulldogs' track coach.