Honors candidate who should contend for Defensive Player of the Year honors in the Western Athletic Conference ... Has been named to the watch lists for the Bronko Nagurski Award (nation's top defensive player) and the Butkus Award (nation's top linebacker) ... Has been named preseason All-WAC by a number of publications.
Started and appeared in all 13 games in 2011...second on the team with 100 total tackles, including 5.5 for loss and 1.5 sacks.
Was named a team captain in voting by his teammates and earned second-team All-WAC honors as a linebacker ... Led the team and was among WAC leaders with 88 tackles on the year from his new middle linebacking spot after switching from the outside prior to the season ... Set a career high with 10 tackles in a win at BYU ... Eclipsed that with 11 tackles in a come-from-behind win at Fresno State ... Notched 8.0 tackles for loss on the season, including 2.5 sacks for a loss of 17 yards ... Forced three fumbles during the year and also recovered a fumble ... Was credited with a pair of pass breakups ... Had no fewer than four tackles in any game during the course of the season.
Had a strong sophomore campaign, earning second-team All-WAC honors for the first time in his career ... Started all 12 games at one of the outside linebacker spots and excelled with 57 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss ... Started strong with 10 tackles at Notre Dame and had a TFL in half of the team's games ... Notched second career interception with a pick against New Mexico State ... Was credited with five pass breakups ... Was a force in a victory over Fresno State, registering six tackles, including a career-high 4.0 for a loss ... Named third-team Preseason All-WAC by Phil Steele's College Football Preview ... Named second-team Preseason All-WAC by Athlon Sports.
Recorded one of the best seasons among freshmen on the team ... Was sixth on the team in tackles during the season with 49 ... Was third on the team in tackles for a loss with 12.5 for a loss of 32 yards ... Had 1.5 sacks ... Best game came at Louisiana Tech with nine tackles, including 2.5 for a loss ... Notched first career interception at Hawaii ... Forced a fumble against Idaho ... Played in all 13 games with 10 starts.
A graduate of Rodriguez High School in Fairfield, Calif....Lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track & field during high school career...Holds the school record for most sacks...Was an all-league, all-city and all-county selection in both football and basketball.
Born James-Michael Johnson on Aug. 20, 1989 in Vallejo, Calif....Son of Jamesette and Michael Johnson...Has two older sisters, Alisha and Myleka...Plans to major in business...Enjoys coaching basketball in his free time...Cousin, Jerome Boyd, is a linebacker at Oregon.