Johnson, a three-year starter for the Boilermakers out of Dade City, Fla., recently wrapped up his collegiate career with a 2012 season that saw him finish third for Purdue with 65 total tackles, including 59 solo stops and three for losses. He added a team-high 16 passes broken up, three fumbles forced, one recovered and three interceptions, one of which he returned 74 yards for a touchdown against Marshall on Sept. 29. Appearing in 49 career games over four seasons, Johnson started 36 consecutive games over the last three years. He ended his career with 186 total tackles, seven fumbles forced, two recovered, six interceptions and 31 PBUs, which places him fifth all-time at Purdue.
Academic All-Big Ten ... started all 13 games ... finished with 64 tackles on the year, including 47 solo stops and 4.5 for losses ... broke up a team-high nine passes and finished with two interceptions ... had six tackles, four solo, and a PBU against Middle Tennessee on Sept. 1 ... had a TFL amongst two tackles and a PBU at Rice on Sept. 10 ... finished with three solo stops and a PBU against Notre Dame on Oct. 1 ... had three tackles, including a TFL, against Minnesota on Oct. 8 ... broke up a pair of passes, forced a fumble and had four tackles, including a TFL, at Penn State on Oct. 15 ... had five tackles, four solo, and an interception at Michigan on Oct. 29 ... finished with a career-high eight solo tackles at Wisconsin on Nov. 5 ... had five tackles, four solo, in overtime win against Ohio State on Nov. 12 ... finished with a career-high 10 total tackles against Iowa on Nov. 19 ... had seven tackles, six solo and a TFL, two PBUs and an interception late in the fourth quarter at Indiana on Nov. 26 ... broke up a pass and had two tackles against Western Michigan in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl on Dec. 27.
Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all 12 games, making 10 starts ... finished with 53 tackles, including 42 solo, with a sack, three fumbles forced, one fumble recovered, six passes defended and an interception ... forced a fumble at Notre Dame on Sept. 4 ... had eight tackles, a fumble recovered and a PBU against Western Illinois on Sept. 11 ... recorded first career sack and forced a fumble against Toledo on Sept. 25 ... had six tackles, five solo, at Northwestern on Oct. 9 ... six tackles against Minnesota on Oct. 16 ... finished with seven tackles at Illinois on Oct. 30 ... three solo tackles and a PBU against No. 7 Wisconsin on Nov. 6 ... forced a fumble and picked off first career pass against Michigan on Nov. 13 ... had eight tackles, seven solo, and a PBU at No. 11 Michigan State on Nov. 20 ... two PBUs and three solo tackles against Indiana on Nov. 27.
Appeared in 11 games as reserve and on special teams ... had two tackles (1 solo, 1 assist) on special teams vs. Northwestern on Oct. 3.
First team All-Sun Coast and All-Sunshine Athletic Conference after catching 32 passes for 466 yards (14.6 average) and nine touchdowns and rushing for 204 yards on 39 carries (5.2 average) as senior ... named first team All-Pasco County by Tampa Tribune and All-North Sun Coast by St. Petersburg Times ... team advanced to state semifinals his senior year ... coaches were Dale Cap and Tom McHugh ... also played baseball and named one of the top 100 juniors in the nation after leading the Tampa Bay area in home runs.
Given name is Joshua Lutrail Johnson ... born Sept. 10, 1990 ... organizational leadership and supervision major ... nickname is "Jay Jay."
- 2013 Purdue Pro Day: Former Purdue cornerback Josh Johnson entered Purdue's pro day Friday with a chip on his shoulder. His 40 time of 4.65 at the NFL Combine last Tuesday was the slowest among all 33 cornerbacks and the eighth worst among 53 defensive backs. "I wanted to improve on my 40 and show them that I am faster than you think I am," Johnson said. "I'm not just quick, I can run." The Dade County, Fla. native bounced back with a strong showing at the pro day, running closer to the 4.4-range. He opted to not partake in the bench press shuttle drills after putting up above-average numbers in the events at the NFL Combine, but he did participate in the vertical and broad jumps.
"I feel like I did a lot better (than I did at the NFL Combine)," Johnson said. "I was more comfortable around all of my friends and family and I had a lot of confidence in myself. I had some old teammates there to motivate me and push me on and I feel like I succeeded." Big Ten Network analyst Tom Dienhart said Johnson's knack for making plays - he broke up 31 passes at Purdue, the fifth-most in school history - more than makes up for any questionable workout numbers. "If you turn on the film and watch Johnson play, that's all you need to know," Dienhart said. "While some of his measurables may not be top-shelf, the guy had a knack for making plays and being in the right position more often than not." - Travis Baugh, The Purdue Exponent
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