Former Kilgore College football player Lane Johnson, was selected fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 2013 NFL Draft. Johnson, who played quarterback and tight end for the Rangers during the 2008 season, played at the University of Oklahoma from 2009-12 where he was a defensive end for the Sooners in 2010 after redshirting in 2009. He was then switched to offensive tackle and started 12 of 13 games for Oklahoma at right tackle. Johnson, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighed 202 pounds when he played at KC but now weighs 303, was the third tackle drafted among the first four picks April 25 in New York. The 22 year-old skyrocketed on the draft boards this offseason after a strong Senior Bowl and an outstanding February combine performance. He gives first year Eagles head coach Chip Kelly big strength on an offensive line that was plagued last season with four of its five starters going down with injuries. (Photo Above) Lane Johnson played QB during the 2008 season for the Rangers.more
Three former Rangers picked up by NFL teams
In addition to Lane Johnson, who was picked up fourth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, two other former Rangers were picked up by NFL teams -- Rufus Johnson, who was picked up in the sixth round by the New Orleans Saints, and Darren Woodard was signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Rams. Johnson, of Dallas, played defensive end two seasons for the Rangers from 2009-10 before transferring to Tarleton State University where he played two seasons. Woodard, of Brazosport, played cornerback for the Rangers from 2009-10 where he was selected as a SWJCFC First Team All-Conference player. After KC, he played two seasons at defensive back with The University of Texas at El Paso.
Charles Woods named national defensive player of the year
The NJCAA national office announced the 2012 Football Players of the Year Dec. 13 on behalf of the NJCAA Football Coaches Association. Kilgore sophomore linebacker Charles Woods (Humble, TX) was named the NJCAA national defensive player of the yeam and rIowa Western sophomore quarterback Jake Waters earned the offensive award. Charles Woods embodied the term “playmaker” in his sophomore season at Kilgore. Woods anchored the Rangers’ defense en route to an 8-3 record and a No. 16 final ranking in 2012. full story
Three Rangers named NJCAA All-Americans
The NJCAA has just released its 2012 Football All-America Teams, and the Kilgore College Rangers have three players on these elite rosters. Sophomore linebacker Charles Woods (Humble, TX) was named a First Team Defense selection. Sophomore cornerback James Jones (Houston, TX) is listed as an Honorable Mention. On the offensive side of the ball, sophomore wide receiver Ed'Marques Batties (Missouri City, TX) was chosen as a Second Team Offense member.