UTAH: Two-time all-conference selection made the first team in 2009 ... three-year starter at free safety ... 13 career interceptions is tied for fifth all time at Utah ... 172 yards in career interception returns is tied for ninth in school history ... two-time MWC Defensive Player of the Week also won national weekly honors twice ... graduated in three years with a sociology degree.
2009-First-team all-MWC ... started all 13 games at free safety ... finished second in the MWC and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions per game (0.46) ... six interceptions was tied for the third-most in a season by a Ute ... led Utah and tied for second in the MWC in passes defended with 12 (6 interceptions, 6 pass breakups) ... 139 yards in interception returns was tied for the eighth-most in a season by a Ute ... led the secondary and finished fourth on the team in total tackles with 70 ... 4.0 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble ... scored two touchdowns--one on a 28-yard fumble return against Oregon and another on an interception return against UNLV ... 15 tackles (1.5 TFL) against Air Force was the 2009 single-game high for Utah ... named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week, as well as the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Defensive Performer of the Week, after making three interceptions against Colorado State on CSU's final three possessions of a close game ... also had a pass breakup and five tackles vs. CSU... two-time CFPA conference Defensive Back of the Week ... 10 tackles against TCU ... six tackles with two TFL vs. UNLV ... four tackles, an interception and two pass breakups in Utah's win over Cal in the Poinsettia Bowl ... earned a bachelor's degree in sociology in the fall.
2008-Played in 12 games with 11 starts ... missed the UNLV game (hamstring) ... 41 tackles, four interceptions and three pass breakups ... all four picks came against ranked opponents (2 vs. Alabama, 1 vs. TCU, 1 vs. BYU) ... first interception in the Sugar Bowl came on Alabama's second drive and led to a Utah TD ... made game-ending interception in win over TCU ... also had six tackles against TCU ... five tackles with an interception against BYU ... season-high eight tackles vs. New Mexico ... preseason all-MWC ... member of Utah's Student-Athlete Mentors (SAMS).
2007-Honorable mention all-MWC ... played in 12 games and made seven starts at free safety ... 44 total tackles ... caused a team-high five turnovers (three interceptions and two forced fumbles) ... injured his shoulder in the third game and played at less than full strength for the remainder of the season - missing one complete game ... one game prior to the injury, he was named the Bronco Nagurski National Defensive Player of Week, MWC Defensive Player of the Week, and won an ESPN Helmet Sticker for his work in Utah's win over No. 11 UCLA ... against UCLA, he had two interceptions, a pass breakup, six tackles and a forced fumble into the end zone for a touchback ... season-high 12 tackles and a pass breakup against Brigham Young ... six tackles and a pass breakup vs. Navy in the Poinsettia Bowl.
PRIOR TO UTAH: Honorable mention junior college All-American in 2006 ... also all-conference, all-district and all-state in '06 ... 96 total tackles, five interceptions, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble for L.A. Southwest College ... also ran track for L.A. Southwest ... 21.65 clocking in 200 meters and 47.52 in 400 meters ... 6'8" high jumper ... as a senior at Fremont High School (Calif.), he was named to L.A. Times 2005 all-region team and its "top defensive back" ... 2005 defensive co-player of the year in the Coliseum League ... also lettered in track and basketball ... all-district basketball player.
PERSONAL: Son of Wanda and the late Wayne Johnson ... three brothers and two sisters ... brother Elijah played wide receiver for L.A. Southwest College ... sociology major ... born Feb. 13, 1987.
YEAR G/GS UT AT TOT TFL PBU INT
2007 12/7 26 18 44 0.5-1 4 3-26
2008 12/11 18 23 41 0.5-6 3 4-7
2009 13/13 36 34 70 4.0-12 6 6-139
Totals 37/31 80 75 155 5.0-19 13 13-172