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Rashad Johnson

Height: 5-11 | Weight: 203 | College: Alabama
 
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Overview

A complete unknown coming out of high school, Johnson was just grateful that former Tide head coach Mike Shula even let him try out for the team when he arrived on campus as a freshman in 2004. Now, after completing his final season, the team captain leaves the college game regarded as the premier safety in the Southeastern Conference.

When Johnson came to Tuscaloosa, he was a running back out of Sulligent, Alabama, a small town about an hour from Jasper and home to a tiny 1-A high school. After a redshirt season, Johnson made the move to defense in 2005, but saw no action short of special teams work. In 2006, he finally got a chance to start four times, but still saw limited action at safety. After a coaching change and a tireless spring, he earned a starting job in the defensive secondary, and he did little to disappoint during his stellar junior and senior campaigns.

Now, the Tide will look to replace his 224 tackles and his senior leadership. Even the coaching staff admits that Alabama will be hard pressed to find someone who can replicate Johnson's sense of awareness and overall ball-hawking skills that led to a combined 11 interceptions over the past two seasons.

"Rashad did all those things," Alabama head coach Nick Saban said. "He played the deep part of the field all the time. He was good in sub (nickel or dime formations), in passing downs with his range, ball skills, ball judgment in the deep part of the field."

As a special teams performer in 2005, Johnson totaled eight tackles (5 solos) and caused one fumble in 12 contests. He forced his way into the starting lineup for four games at free safety in 2006, but missed two late season contests with an ankle sprain. He finished with 33 tackles (22 solos) and two forced fumbles, as he also tried his hand at kickoff returns, gaining 64 yards on three chances.

With Saban taking over the coaching reigns, Johnson's career began to take off. The junior free safety not only earned a starting job, but was named team captain. He collected a team-high 94 tackles (57 solos) with a sack and 5.5 stops for loss in 2007, picking up All-Southeastern Conference first-team honors. His six interceptions rank seventh on the school single-season record list and he also broke up eight throws and caused one fumble.

Johnson was a unanimous All-SEC first-team choice in 2008. He received SEC Defensive Player of the Year honors, as he delivered 89 tackles (60 solos), ranking second on the team. He had five stops behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble for the fifth time in his career. The safety led the Tide with five interceptions and 11 pass breakups, as he guided a squad that ranked third in the nation in total defense (263.5 ypg).

Analysis

Positives: Cerebral defender. … Reads the action quickly and puts himself in position to make big plays. … Quick to recognize run and is able to often get to the ballcarrier before blockers can be effective. … Reliable centerfielder who understands his position as the last line of defense and can break down in space to make the open-field tackle. … Faster on the field than his 40 time would indicate due to his instincts. … Natural playmaker. … Baits the quarterback and has a good burst to close. … Will fight for the ball and can snatch the ball at its highest point. … Can track the ball over his shoulder. … Has a history of making the big play at critical moments.

Negatives: Has a skinny build. … Needs to bulk up in both his upper and lower body to be able to handle taking on blockers at the NFL level. … May struggle to maintain his questionable pure speed with additional mass. … Can get caught up in the trash. … Not as reliable a tackler near the line of scrimmage, as he is willing to lunge with teammates supporting around him. … Not a tone-setter in the middle capable of intimidating with big hits. … A bit high-cut and struggles to keep up with receivers in man coverage. … Character red flags due to a February 2008 arrest for disorderly conduct.

Career Notes

Johnson started 31 of 50 games he played in at Alabama, including his final 27 contests at free safety … Recorded 224 tackles (144 solos) with two sacks for minus 8 yards, 12 stops for losses of 28 yards and two quarterback pressures … Recovered one fumble and caused five others … Deflected 19 passes and had 11 interceptions for 189 yards (17.18 avg) and a pair of touchdowns … Gained 64 yards on three kickoff returns (21.3 avg) … Johnson's six interceptions in 2007 rank seventh on the school single-season record list behind Hootie Ingram (10 in 1952), Harry Gilmer (8 in 1946), Steve Higginbotham (7 in 1971), Jeremiah Castille (7 in 1982), Antonio Langham (7 in 1993) and Kevin Jackson (7 in 1996) … Gained 125 yards on those interception returns in 2007, ranking behind Ingram (163 in 1952), Bobby Luna (158 in 1953), Mitchell (131 in 2006) and Reggie Myles (127 in 2000) on the Tide's annual record chart … Returned two interceptions for touchdowns in 2007, tying the school single-season record he shares with Cedric Samuel (1995), Antonio Langham (1992), Bobby Johns (1966) and Ingram (1952).

2008 Season

Unanimous All-Southeastern Conference first-team selection … Named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year by the Little Rock Touchdown Club … Shared the Mal Moore Leadership Award with center Antoine Caldwell … Earned Walter Camp and Football Writers Association National Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Louisiana State … Was on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy (nation's top defensive player) and Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back) Watch Lists … Named the team's Defensive Player of the Year … Given the President's Award for perseverance in making outstanding contributions to the team's success … Became just the eighth player in school history to serve as team captain twice … Started all 14 games at free safety, ranking second on the team and 15th in the league with 89 tackles (60 solos), including a 7-yard sack and five stops for losses of 15 yards … Caused and recovered a fumble … Deflected eleven passes and ranked sixth in the SEC with five interceptions for 125 yards (fifth-best season total in Tide annals) and tied the school season-record by returning two of those thefts for touchdowns … His stellar play saw the team improve its ranking from 31st (345.46 ypg) in total defense in 2007 to third (263.5) in the nation in 2008.

2008 Game Analysis

Clemson … Alabama safety and game captain Rashad Johnson posted four tackles (2 solos) and one pass break-up in the Tide's decisive 34-10 victory over Clemson in the Georgia Dome … "Coach has been stressing that he wants us to finish games and he wants to have a dominating mentality. And I think everyone took that attitude when we went out on the field. That's what we tried to display. We want to dominate our opponent, and I think we did a great job of doing that," said Johnson after the game … Early in the first quarter, Johnson broke up a pass from Clemson quarterback Cullen Harper to wide receiver Aaron Kelly … Near the end of the first quarter, Harper completed a 47-yard pass to wide receiver Jacoby Ford, who was finally tackled by Johnson at the Alabama 25-yard line.

Tulane … Johnson recorded nine tackles (5 solos) and broke up one pass in Alabama's first home game of the season, a 20-6 win over Tulane … During Tulane's first offensive series of the game, on 3rd-&-4 from the Green Wave's 37-yard line, quarterback Kevin Moore completed a 10-yard pass to running back Andre Anderson, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Johnson … Midway through the first quarter, on 3rd-&-3 from the Tulane 39-yard line, Johnson limited wide receiver Jeremy Williams to 1 yard on an end-around, forcing the Green Wave to punt … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-12 from the Alabama 27-yard line, Kevin Moore completed a 9-yard pass to receiver Brian King, who was stopped 3 yards short of the first down by Johnson, forcing the Green Wave to settle for a 35-yard field goal … Shortly before halftime, Moore connect with Chris Dunn for 45 yards to the Alabama 20-yard line, where the receiver was tackled by Johnson. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-6 from the Alabama 16-yard line, Moore completed a 9-yard pass to Brian King for a first down before the receiver was wrapped up by Johnson … Early in the fourth quarter, Johnson broke up a pass from Moore to Jeremy Williams but Alabama's Josh Chapman was flagged for a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty, giving Tulane a first down at the Tide's 30-yard line … Later in the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the Tulane 39-yard line, Jeremy Williams rushed for 5 yards and a first down before being tackled by Johnson … With 3:38 remaining in the game, on 4th-&-12 from the Alabama 30-yard line, Johnson broke up a pass from Moore to Jeremy Williams, giving the ball back to the Tide on downs.

Western Kentucky … The defensive captain posted a team-high seven solo tackles and added two pass break-ups in Alabama's lopsided 41-7 win over Western Kentucky … "I think we did a lot better coming out and staying focused the entire game. We knew what they were going to do. There really wasn't anything that they lined up in that was much different than we practiced vs.. We were really just ready for them," said Johnson after the win … In the opening moments of the second quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the WKU 40-yard line, Johnson broke up a pass from Hilltopper quarterback David Wolke to wide receiver Brad Savko, forcing Western Kentucky to punt on fourth down … Near the end of the third quarter, Wolke connected with wide receiver Wenquel Graves, who gained 20 yards and a first down before being wrapped up by Johnson at the WKU 36-yard line. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-11 from the Alabama 41-yard line, Wolke gained 13 yards and a first down on a rushing attempt to the Tide's 28-yard line, where he was stopped by Johnson. Three plays later, on 3rd-&-6 from the Alabama 24-yard line, Johnson broke up a pass from Wolke to wide receiver Derrius Brooks, setting up Alabama teammate Justin Woodall's interception of Wolke's fourth-down pass.

Arkansas … Johnson recorded four tackles (1 solo) and one pass break-up in Alabama's decisive 49-14 victory over SEC-rival Arkansas … Near the end of the first quarter, on 3rd-&-11 from the Arkansas 16-yard line, Razorback quarterback Casey Dick completed an 11-yard pass to flanker London Crawford, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Johnson … Midway through the third quarter, the Alabama safety broke up a pass from Dick to wide receiver Carlton Salters.

Georgia … Johnson, who was named one of the game's captains, made two solo tackles and broke up two passes in the Crimson Tide's 41-30 victory over No. 3 Georgia … At the 9:39 mark in the fourth quarter, Johnson swatted away a pass from Georgia quarterback Matthew Stafford to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi … Later in the fourth quarter, on 4th-&-5 from the Alabama 35-yard line, Stafford completed an 11-yard pass to receiver Kenneth Harris, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Johnson at the Tide's 24-yard line … With 2:06 remaining in the game, Johnson broke up another pass from Stafford to Harris, this time from the Alabama 33-yard line. Two plays later, on 3rd-&-11 from the Alabama 38-yard line, Stafford completed a 17-yard pass to Harris, who picked up the first down before being tackled by Johnson at the Tide's 21-yard line.

Kentucky … Johnson contributed four tackles (3 solos) and one pass break-up to the Crimson Tide's narrow 17-14 victory over the Wildcats … Early in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-1 from the Alabama 49-yard line, Kentucky running back Derrick Locke rushed for 6 yards and a first down before Johnson could make the stop … On the first play of the second half, Johnson deflected a pass from Kentucky quarterback Mike Hartline to wide receiver Dicky Lyons … At the 6:23 mark in the third quarter, the Johnson broke up a pass from Hartline to Locke but Alabama safety was flagged for pass interference, giving Kentucky 8 yards and a first down. On the next play, Hartline found Locke open for a 36-yard completion to the Alabama 26-yard line, where the running back was wrapped up by Johnson … Near the end of the third quarter, on 3rd-&-9 from the Kentucky 33-yard line, Hartline completed a pass to tight end Maurice Grinter, who picked 23 yards and a first down before being tackled by Johnson at the Alabama 44-yard line.

Mississippi … The Alabama safety recorded a game-high nine tackles (6 solos), including one tackle for loss, and added one forced fumble and one interception in a 24-20 home victory over Ole Miss … At the start of the second quarter, Johnson was credited with tackling the Rebels' Marshay Green for a 1-yard loss on a punt return … At the 3:36 mark in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-7 from the Ole Miss 33-yard line, Johnson intercepted a pass that was thrown by wide receiver Dexter McCluster, returning the pick 29 yards to the Rebels' 26-yard line. Two plays later, Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson completed a 30-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Mike McCoy for a 24-3 Alabama lead … "Coach had actually said it. Third and nine and they came out in it. I think, two weeks ago, when they played Florida, they came out in third and nine in the same formation and ran the same play. They faked like they were going to run it and threw it to that guy. They put us in great position and I was able to make the play," said Johnson of his interception … With less than a minute remaining before halftime, on 3rd-&-6 from the Ole Miss 38-yard line, the Alabama safety limited McCluster to 4 yards on a rushing attempt, forcing the Rebels to punt on fourth down … Early in the second half, on 4th-&-4 from the Alabama 27-yard line, Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead gained 17 yards on a quarterback sneak before being tackled by Johnson at the Tide's 10-yard line. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-goal from the Alabama 13-yard line, Rebel running back Enrique Davis gained four yards on a draw play before being tackled by Johnson … Early in the fourth quarter, Johnson stripped receiver Dexter McCluster of the ball on a rushing attempt, with Alabama's Kareem Jackson recovering the fumble and returning it to the Tide's 37-yard line … With 8:10 remaining in the game, Johnson stopped the Rebels' Marshay Green for no gain on a punt return.

Tennessee … Johnson posted six tackles (5 solos), one sack, and one pass break-up in Alabama's 29-9 victory over Tennessee in Knoxville … "I think the defense did a really good job. There were times we were put in tough situations and we did a good job of keeping them out of the end zone, especially early in the game. We really stepped up to the challenge and had a pretty good game," said Johnson of his team's defensive effort … Midway through the first quarter, on 3rd-&-goal from the Alabama 7-yard line, Tennessee quarterback Nick Stephens was sacked for a 7-yard loss by a blitzing Johnson, forcing the Vols to settle for a 31-yard field goal … At the 14:39 mark in the second quarter, Johnson tackled the Vols' Dennis Rogan for a 1-yard loss on a punt return … Just before halftime, Johnson broke up a pass from Stephens to wide receiver Lucas Taylor. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-6 from the Alabama 19-yard line, Lucas Taylor was flagged for a 15-yard pass-interference penalty when he pushed Johnson to get open for Stephens' pass, backing up the Vols to the Tide's 34-yard line … Midway through the fourth quarter, Johnson returned the favor, getting penalized 15 yards for pass interference when he tried to break up a pass from Stephens to wide receiver Denarius Moore, giving Tennessee a first down at the Alabama 25-yard line.

Arkansas State … Johnson had perhaps his best performance of the 2008 season, as he finished with a game-high 13 tackles (8 solos), one pass break-up, and one interception return for a touchdown in the Crimson Tide's 35-0 shutout win on homecoming in Tuscaloosa … "It was very exciting. It was my last Homecoming. I just wanted to come out and give it everything and play all out. I didn't want to have thoughts about what-if. That's what I did. I had a great game and now it's time to focus it back in. We have a big one coming up this week [LSU game]. I think we are all going to be ready to play this Saturday. We've been doing a great job all year. It's been a lot of focus everyday at practice about doing the little things right and I think it's carrying over to the games. We are doing a great job of communicating, and when the ball turns over, everyone is on the same page and that's the most important thing for us," said Johnson after the game … At the 9:40 mark in the second quarter, Johnson tackled ASU's Kevin Jones for no gain on a punt return … On the subsequent offensive series, Johnson intercepted ASU quarterback Corey Leonard's pass to the right flat, returning the pick 32 yards for a touchdown that increased Alabama's lead to 14-0 … "It was a good play call. The coaches decided to bring pressure and keep the guy in the pocket because we knew he was a shorter guy and couldn't see over the linemen. I did a good job with my technique. I saw the ball and just put my hands up and got it. When I got it, I was determined to get in the end zone," said Johnson of his interception … Added head coach Nick Saban, "We blitzed. They were in four wideouts. They used `scan' protection, where the back goes from one side to the other so they couldn't block both of our guys off the edge. They didn't block 26 [Ali Sharrief] so the quarterback had to throw the ball hot. He threw it high because we pushed the pocket pretty good and Rashad had good coverage on him. He made a good play and a really good run. That was a big play in the game because we were struggling a little bit there at the time only leading 7-0, so it worked out well for us" … In the fourth quarter, Johnson broke up a pass from Corey Leonard to wide receiver Jahbari McLennan.

Louisiana State … Johnson followed his big performance vs. Arkansas State with an even bigger one, posting four tackles (2 solos) and three interceptions, including one return for a touchdown, in Alabama's 27-21 overtime win over LSU … "My mindset before the game was just to focus on the things we prepared for all week and to make sure I was set up for different motions and looks they would give us. My mindset was just to have my mind ready for the worst-case scenario so I could recognize it on the field and get the right play in to the rest of the defense," said Johnson of his preparation for LSU … Early in the first quarter, on 3rd-&-17 from the LSU 13-yard line, Johnson intercepted Tiger quarterback Jarrett Lee and returned the pick 10 yards, setting up Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson's 1-yard touchdown run four plays later … With under five minutes remaining before halftime, on 3rd-&-8 from the LSU 36-yard line, Johnson picked off Jarrett Lee for the second time, returning the pick 54 yards for a touchdown that tied the score at 14-14 … "He was sitting in the pocket and I think got a little pressure and left it up a little too high and I was in the area to pick it off and run up the field and my teammates made some great blocks for me down field," said Johnson of his second interception of the game … Early in the fourth quarter, Lee completed a 24-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell, who picked up a first down before being tackled by Johnson at the Alabama 25-yard line … In overtime, on 3rd-&-6 from the Alabama 21-yard line, Johnson picked off Lee for the third time, this time in the end zone, giving the ball back to the Tide offense for the game-clinching drive … "I saw him rollout and we brought a blitz to pull him up because they had been running that play a lot in the second half. It was a great play call by us to blitz him on that side so he couldn't get all the way out and throw the out route like he normally does. Then he was looking for his receiver on that side and just overthrew him," said Johnson of his interception in overtime … Record Watch-Johnson's three interceptions tied the Tide game-record (Bobby Wilson vs. Georgia in 1951, Dicky Thompson vs. Mississippi in 1966, Jeremiah Castille vs. Tennessee in 1982, and Kevin Jackson vs. Georgia in 1995) … Johnson's second-quarter interception return for a touchdown was his second of the season, tying him with four others-Hootie Ingram (1952), Bobby Johns (1966), Antonio Langham (1992), and Cedric Samuel (1995)-for the Alabama single-season record for interception returns for scores … For his career, Johnson has 11 interceptions, which ranks him sixth on Alabama's career-interceptions list.

Mississippi State … The Alabama defense and special teams got superb performances from Johnson, who recorded six tackles (4 solos) and made several key plays while covering punts in the Crimson Tide's 32-7 victory over Mississippi State … "We came in and knew we had to stop the run. We did a good job of stopping the run and forcing them to pass. We got them off the field after third down. Coach always talks about the three phases of the game and we needed to win the special teams phase to be successful tonight. We were able to do a good job at all aspects of special teams and that gave us a big boost," said Johnson of his team's defensive and special-teams efforts … With 8:29 remaining in the first quarter, Johnson forced MSU's Derek Pegues out of bounds at the Bulldogs' 42-yard line after only a 1-yard punt return … At the 14:02 mark in the second quarter, Johnson stopped Pegues for no gain at the MSU 22-yard line on a punt return … With 3:51 remaining in the third quarter, Johnson was flagged for pass interference when he tried to break up a pass from MSU quarterback Tyson Lee to wide receiver Brandon McRae, giving the Bulldogs 6 extra yards and a first down at the MSU 46-yard line.

Auburn … Johnson contributed five tackles (3 solos), on fumble recovery, and one pass break-up to Alabama's 36-0 shutout win over intrastate-rival Auburn, giving the Crimson Tide their 12th-straight win to start the season … "It means a lot to earn the shutout. We were just trying to get better every week. We practiced hard and were able to finish the game. My emotions are through the roof. I cannot really explain how it feels. It is just a great feeling. We did it in a first-class manner, with a shutout, and were able to dominate the game," said Johnson after the game … On the first play of the second quarter, Johnson broke up a pass from Auburn quarterback Kodi Burns to wide receiver James Swinton. Later in the drive, Johnson and teammate Brandon Fanney tackled Burns after a 1-yard rush to the Auburn 45-yard line … With 5:40 remaining in the game, Alabama's Prince Hall stripped Tiger wide receiver Mario Fannin of the ball, which was recovered by Johnson at the Auburn 47-yard line.

Florida (SEC Championship) … Johnson recorded nine tackles (7 solos) in Alabama's 31-20 loss to Florida in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta's Georgia Dome … At the 7:23 mark in the first quarter, Johnson limited Florida tailback Bandon James to 1 yard on a rushing attempt … Early in the second quarter, on 3rd-&-8 from the Florida 33-yard line, Gator quarterback Tim Tebow gained 12 yards and a first down on a rush over left guard before being tackled by Johnson … At the 7:19 mark in the second quarter, after stopping Brandon James after a 4-yard run, Johnson was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul, moving the ball to the Alabama 38-yard line and giving the Gators a first down. Later in the drive, on 3rd-&-4 from the Alabama 32-yard line, Tebow rushed over left tackle for 5 yards and a first down before being tackled by Johnson … At the 6:20 mark in the third quarter, Tebow completed a 34-yard pass to wide receiver Louis Murphy, who was tackled at the Alabama 37-yard line by Johnson.

Utah (Sugar Bowl) … Johnson finished his Alabama career with seven tackles (5 solos) in the Crimson Tide's 31-17 loss to sixth-ranked Utah in the Sugar Bowl … "Pretty much like coach said. Stressed every day about tackling, and that's the biggest difference in the bowl games is tackling. I think that was the difference in the game tonight, we missed some tackles on drives and they were able to keep some drives going and able to keep some points on the board. And it was definitely a big issue. And it was practice, and we did it in practice every day, and I don't know the reason why it didn't carry over to the game tonight," said Johnson of his team's poor defensive performance … Near the end of the third quarter, on 3rd-&-10 from the Alabama 44-yard line, Johnson limited Utah wide receiver Jereme Brooks to 4 yards on a pass reception from quarterback Brian Johnson, forcing the Utes to punt on fourth down … Early in the fourth quarter, on 3rd-&-9 from the Utah 2-yard line, Ute wide receiver Freddie Brown gained 13 yards on a pass reception from Brain Johnson, picking up the first down before Johnson could make the tackle … With 4:24 remaining in the game, after Utah converted a third down with a hook-and-ladder play, Johnson was flagged for a personal foul, giving Utah 12 more yards and a first down at the Alabama 12-yard line.

2007 Season

Earned All-SEC first-team honors from the league's coaches … Named team captain, Johnson was chosen co-Defensive Player of the Yea … Started all thirteen games at free safety, leading the team with a career-high 94 tackles (57 solos), an average of 7.23 hits per game … Had a 1-yard sack, 5.5 stops for minus 9 yards and two pressures … Caused a fumble and deflected eight passes … Ranked second in the conference and tied for 18th in the nation with six interceptions (seventh-best season total by a Tide player) for 64 yards in returns (10.7 avg) … Named Alabama Defensive Co-Player of the Week after the Georgia, Florida State, Houston, Mississippi and Louisiana State contests and earned Special Teams Player of Week accolades vs. Western Carolina, more than any other player on the squad this season.

2007 Game Analysis

Opened the season with eight tackles (4 solos), causing a fumble on a stop behind the line of scrimmage vs. Western Carolina … Made two tackles, had a pass break-up and recorded his first interception of the season at Vanderbilt … Followed with eight stops, including five solo tackles, in the win over Arkansas … Added eight tackles (4 solos), including one for loss, a pass deflection and a 26-yard return of an interception to set up a game-tying Alabama touchdown vs. Georgia … Credited with seven tackles and an assisted stop-for-loss vs. Louisiana Monroe … Posted a team-high nine tackles (6 solos) and an interception, as he also recorded a 1-yard sack vs. Mississippi … Led the team with nine stops, including seven solos and a tackle for loss vs. Louisiana State, as he also picked off a pass and returned it for two yards and added a pass deflection and a quarterback pressure vs. the Tigers … Registered nine tackles (5 solos) and made a key interception in the win over Houston, as he picked off a UH pass and returned it 28 yards in the fourth quarter to help preserve the homecoming victory. He also had a pass break-up and two pressures vs. the Cougars … Posted five tackles, including one for loss, two pass deflections and an 8-yard interception to set up a Tide touchdown at Mississippi State … Paced the squad with a season-high thirteen tackles (8 solos) and a pass break-up in the Independence Bowl win over Colorado.

2006 Season

Johnson played in eleven games, sharing free safety duties with Marcus Carter … Sat out the Mississippi State and Louisiana-Monroe contests with an ankle sprain … Started vs. Hawaii, Tennessee, Florida International and Louisiana State before getting injured … Made 33 tackles (22 solos), which ranked eighth on the team … Had 1.5 stops for minus 4 yards and caused two fumbles … Also returned three kickoffs for 64 yards (21.3 avg).

2005 Season

Appeared in all twelve games, playing strictly on special teams … Recorded eight tackles (5 solos) and caused one fumble (Auburn).

2004 Season

Red-shirted as a freshman.

Injury Report

2006: Sat out the Louisiana State (11/11) and Auburn (11/18) contests with an ankle sprain.

Agility Tests

Combine: 4.49 in the 40-yard dash … 1.50 10-yard dash … 2.62 20-yard dash … 4.23 20-yard shuttle … 7.09 three-cone drill … 37-inch vertical jump … 10'0" broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 15 times … 31-inch arm length … 8 3/4-inch hands.

Off-Field Issues

On Feb. 25, 2008 it was reported that safety Rashad Johnson was charged with disorderly conduct for allegedly knocking a security guard down at an off-campus bar early Saturday morning, Tuscaloosa police said. Johnson was arrested at 2:55 a.m. at the Legacy bar on the strip near Alabama's campus, police spokesman Robert Fourt said in a statement. The 22-year-old Johnson was released on $500 bond shortly after being booked on the misdemeanor charge.

Officers had spotted a disturbance outside the bar, which was closing, Fourt said. Legacy security personnel were escorting someone from the bar when Johnson allegedly attempted to intervene and pushed one of the security officers, who fell out the door and onto the ground. Johnson, a first-team All-Southeastern Conference pick, was arrested after a brief struggle, Fourt said. Additional officers from city and university police responded after a large crowd gathered, but no one else was arrested.

High School

Lettered as a running back at Sulligent (Ala.) High School, but did not garner any state or national recognition.

Personal

Computer Science major … Son of Gloria and Randy Johnson … Born Julian Rashad Johnson on 1/02/86 … Resides in Sulligent, Alabama.

 
Latest News
04/28/2009 - Defensive coordinator Bill Davis thinks the addition of safety Rashad Johnson gives the Cardinals another secondary player with great ball skills. "We love ball skills in our secondary and I think we have that across the board right now, which hopefully will equate to more turnovers and interceptions and getting our hands on the ball." The Cardinals had an eye on safety Rashad Johnson long before drafting him in the third round. They liked him at the combine and he came highly recommended by Alabama coach Nick Saban. "Nick Saban told us that he is one of the smartest players he has ever coached, which means a lot because Coach Saban is secondary-oriented, defense oriented," Davis said.

04/28/2009 - A closer look at the Cardinals' picks: Round 3/95 -- Rashad Johnson, S, 5-11, 203, Alabama...A bit of a surprise pick because the Cardinals are deep at safety. But Johnson was too good to pass on. The Cardinals sometimes play three or four safeties in certain dime packages, and Aaron Francisco, the third safety, has struggled in pass coverage. Johnson has excellent ball skills and could contribute immediately.

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