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Former Rice All-America Dead at 64

September 5, 1996

HOUSTON (AP) _ David ``Kosse″ Johnson, an all-Southwest Conference running back at Rice, has died from complications of cancer. He was 64.

Johnson died Tuesday night at North East Baptist Hospital in Houston.

He was the Owls’ second-leading career rusher with 1,907 yards on 400 carries and 17 touchdowns in 1950-53.

``He was a good solid player and he was a great punter,″ said Dicky Maegle, a teammate of Johnson’s and an All-America selection in 1954.

``He played linebacker on defense. He was not a slashing runner, but he would run over people. He will be missed.″

Johnson led the Owls, coached by Jess Neely, with 592 yards rushing in 1952 and 944 yards in 1953, when he was named all-SWC. He also led the team in total offense with 603 yards in 1952 and 945 in 1953.

He was inducted into Rice’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1972.

Johnson later served as assistant coach at several Texas high schools and as head coach at McCollum High School in San Antonio.

Johnson is survived by a daughter and a son.

Funeral services for Johnson were set for 9 a.m. Friday at the Sunset Memorial Park in San Antonio, with burial near Temple.

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