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Marquis Johnson

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 192 | College: Alabama
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Johnson played in 49 games with the Crimson Tide, serving as Javier Arenas' top backup as a senior in 2009 when Alabama won the national championship.

As a junior, he served mostly in nickel and dime packages, playing in all 14 games with starts against Florida (SEC title game) and Utah (Sugar Bowl). He had 49 tackles, which was sixth on the team, two interceptions and broke up five passes.

He was primarily a backup in 2007 as a sophomore, playing nine games, and appeared in all 12 games as a freshman. He logged 10 or more snaps in every game in 2006.

Johnson was an all-state cornerback and punt returner (37.6 yards per return) as a senior at Booker High School. He was a three-sport start, playing on a state championship basketball team and competing in the state triple-jump finals.


Positives: Provides a good initial pop to the receiver. Uses his hands well to knock the receiver off his route and leans into the receiver throughout the pattern, pushing him outside. Quick, active hands to knock away the ball. Can supply a physical hit and improved as an open field tackler in 2009. Experienced in man and run and zone coverage alignments.

Negatives: Moderate straight-line speed. Stiff. Struggles in his transition and tends to ride receivers with his hands, which could draw penalty flags in the NFL. Seems to locate the ball late and lacks ball skills. Likes to go for the big hit and too often fails to wrap up securely. Only one year of starting experience.

2009 Season

Johnson played in all 14 games, staring 10. He finished the season with 29 total tackles (25 solo) with 1 INT, and led the team with passes defensed (18) and passes broken up (17).

2008 Season

Marquis Johnson stepped up his play as a junior and served as Alabama's third cornerback in nickel and dime defensive packages … added strength and speed has helped the Sarasota, Fla., native move up the depth chart … played in all 14 games with three starts against Western Kentucky, Florida in the SEC Championship Game and Utah in the Allstate Sugar Bowl … recorded 49 tackles on the year, which ranked sixth on the team … had two interceptions, a tackle for loss (-4) and five pass breakups in 2008. Clemson: Johnson snared his first career interception off a tipped pass and returned it seven yards … was second on the team with five total tackles, including four solo stops. Tulane: He made two solo tackles in the Tide's 20-6 win over the Green Wave and also recorded a pass breakup. Western Kentucky: Johnson made one solo tackle in his first start of his career against the Hilltoppers … the one tackle was a TFL for minus-4 yards. Arkansas: He was a regular for the Crimson Tide who played a lot of nickel and dime defense against Arkansas' spread passing attack … logged five tackles, including three solo tackles … intercepted his second pass of the season on the Razorbacks first play of the second half, setting up Glen Coffee's 31-yard touchdown run two plays later. Georgia: Johnson registered three solo tackles and broke up a pass in the Crimson Tide's 41-30 win at No. 3 Georgia. Kentucky: He made four tackles - three solo - while forcing the Wildcats' into 22 incompletions. Mississippi: Johnson notched three tackles, including one solo stop in the Tide's 24-20 win over Mississippi. Tennessee: He made one assisted tackle and broke up a Nick Stephens' pass in a 29-9 win over the Volunteers. Arkansas State: Johnson made one solo tackle in a 35-0 win over the Red Wolves … aided a defense that surrendered just 67 yards passing and 158 total yards. LSU: He made a career-high six tackles against LSU in the Tide's 27-21 overtime win in Death Valley … helped an Alabama secondary that intercepted four passes and broke up four more passes. Mississippi State: Johnson was third on the team with five tackles against the Bulldogs … has a combined 11 tackles against LSU and MSU … also broke up a Tyson Lee pass as the Tide defense surrendered just 167 total yards. Auburn: He did not have a tackle but did breakup a pass and record a quarterback hurry … helped the Tide hold the Tigers to just 113 yards passing and 170 total yards. Florida: Johnson made four tackles … made his second career start with the Tide opening in a nickel formation against the Gators' spread offense. Sugar Bowl vs. Utah: He started his second straight game and third of the season, making a team-high and career-best nine tackles in the Sugar Bowl, including seven solo stops.

2007 Season

Played in nine games as a back-up in the secondary … had four tackles, one pass breakup and a fumble recovery on the season … earned the fumble recovery in the third quarter of the Houston game … recorded tackles against Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Georgia and Florida State and had a pass breakup against the Seminoles.

2006 Season

Johnson played a total of 183 snaps in 13 games with a season-high 25 plays against Louisiana Monroe. He played 10 or more snaps in all 13 games and had two contests with 20 or more plays. He recorded two tackles against both Duke and Tennessee. He finished the year with seven tackles.

High School

Johnson, a versatile defensive back, helped Booker to a state final appearance his senior season. He finished with 41 tackles and three interceptions. He also averaged 23 yards on punt returns. As a junior, he registered 50 tackles and 11 pass break-ups.


Son of George Johnson and Victoria Edwards. Has two sisters, Skyya and Ieashia. Born 5-18-88. Father, George, played for the Philadelphia Eagles and in the CFL. He won back-to-back National Vocal Jazz Ensembles in high school.


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