The winter weather that began its siege on the four-state area took the life of a Missouri Southern football player.

The winter weather that began its siege on the four-state area took the life of a Missouri Southern football player.
According to the Missouri Southern State University Web site, sophomore running back Renard Johnson was killed in a car accident on Monday afternoon on Interstate 44 in Ottawa County (Okla.).
Johnson, 21, a native of Tulsa, Okla., and a graduate of Tulsa Union High School finished his second full season with the Lions and was used as one of the Lions’ feature running backs during the 2008 season.
The Web site stated that he was traveling back to Tulsa when his vehicle slid into the back of another. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
In the 10 games Johnson played for the Lions in 2008, he had 417 yards on 109 carries and a rushing touchdown. As a freshman in 2007, Johnson gained 742 yards on 133 carries and three touchdowns.
Against Pittsburg State on Sept. 13, 2008, Johnson had 73 yards on 17 carries and one touchdown — a 3-yard run in the fourth quarter — in a 21-14 loss to the Gorillas. He also had two catches for seven yards in the loss.
“Renard was a very well-liked teammate, student and friend,” said Lions football coach Bart Tatum. “His passing leaves a tremendous void for not only our team but the Missouri Southern community as a whole. Our prayers go out to his father, Renard Sr., and his immediate family especially, his girlfriend Courtney Johnson and his son Jockques Elijah.”
Johnson was a business management major at Southern. He redshirted in 2006 before playing full-time in 2007 and 2008.