A versatile performer, moved from tight end to running back at start of August camp in 2014, and won the starting job. Will make first career college start in Herd opener at Miami (Ohio) ... Is playing his third position for the Herd; was a tight end to start MU career, then moved to linebacker for the spring of 2013 before moving back to TE in August camp of 2013 ... Nicknamed "Rockhead" for his bruising style of play and blocking ability ... Has six career touchdowns in first two seasons, playing as a backup tight end and a fullback in goal-line packages.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2013): Played in all 14 games as a backup tight end, catching 12 passes for 218 yards (18.2 ypc) with two touchdowns, including a 52-yarder in a Conference USA East Division-clinching victory over East Carolina ... Played running back in the Herd's "Cheese" goal-line package, getting five carries for 13 yards and three touchdowns, two of those in the win over ECU and another in the C-USA Championship Game loss at Rice ... also made 13 tackles in special teams play.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2012): Made an appearance in 11 games (missed West Virginia game) ... Caught three passes for 21 yards, including one for a touchdown against Conference USA foe Memphis (Nov. 3) ... Recorded 11 special teams tackles ... Forced fumble against Tulsa (Oct. 6) ... Moved to linebacker for 2013 preseason camp, but went back to tight end prior to start of season.
PRIOR TO MARSHALL: Starred at Richlands (Va.) High School, where as 2011 senior was named the Virginia High School Coaches Association's Group AA state Offensive Player of the Year. He also made the Group AA All-State first team defense at linebacker, and was the Bristol Herald-Courier's Defensive Player of the Year and Bluefield Daily Telegraph's Player of the Year ... All-State by Virginia Preps.com ... MVP of Virginia-Tennessee All-Star Game ... three-time all-region and all-district selection ... As a Blue Tornado senior, rushed for 1,376 yards and 23 touchdowns and had 85 solo tackles ... For Richlands career, had 216 tackles, 47 TFLs, 16 sacks, 10 FFs, 1 INT, 457 carries, 4,340 yards rushing, 63 rushing TDs, 23 receptions, 399 yards receiving, 6 receiving TDs ... As junior in 2010, helped Richlands to Group AA, Division 3 state title game appearance, a 23-17 loss to Poquoson ... As a junior, Johnson ran for 1,436 yards and 22 touchdowns despite a pair of early season injuries (dislocated thumb and high ankle sprain).
PERSONAL: Born July 28, 1993 ... Favorite all-time football player: Hall of Fame RB Barry Sanders ... Also had offer from Virginia ... Committed to Herd in late January 2011...Majoring in Sports Management and Marketing.