Johnson led the Big 12 Conference and finished the season ranked 16th in the NCAA in tackles with 124 stops in 12 games. Johnson, who earned both second team and third team all-league honors following the season, also finished in the top 25 nationally in solo tackles with 66 on the season. Additionally, the Media, Pa., native finished with 6.0 TFLs for minus 10 yards, two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, one interception, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry.
Started all 12 games at linebacker... Led the team with 95 tackles... Had 4.5 tackles for loss, including two sacks... Sacks came against New Mexico State and Missouri... Recorded three double-figure tackle games on the season, including a career-best 13 in the season finale against Missouri... Had 11 tackles against Georgia Tech and at Baylor... Registered at least six tackles in 10 of 12 games... Broke up three passes on the year... Recovered a fumble at Nebraska.
Played in 10 games and recorded nine tackles as a backup and special teams player... Made three tackles against both UTEP and Duke... Had two tackles in season opener against Northern Colorado and one stop in season finale vs. Missouri... Recorded a sack against Duke.
True freshman who saw action in two games - against FIU and South Florida... Recorded one tackle on the year.
Earned all-state honors as a linebacker... Led the state in tackles in 2005 with 123 stops... Was named his team's defensive MVP as a senior... Was also tabbed all-county his final year... Also played running back while lettering for two years.... Competed in basketball and track for three years... Was tabbed his team's best newcomer in track.
Born in Media, Pa... An economics major and earning a minor in business... Would like to start a sporting goods franchise and workout facility... Hobbies include playing video games, spending time with friends and family and working out... Son of Steven Johnson and Jean Wootson... Has two brothers and one sister... Father played football at Cheyney University.
- These days, Steven Johnson can't say for sure whether he'll be drafted. He just has to wait. The NFL draft - football's annual three-day spectacle - is still seven days away. And Johnson, a linebacker from Kansas, probably wouldn't hear his named called until the third day, anyway. "I'm not gonna say I expect to get drafted," Johnson says. "I will say that it is a dream of mine." This is the life of a marginal prospect from a program that went 5-19 during his final two seasons on campus. Then again, this is how it's always been for Johnson, a former walk-on who worked himself into the Big 12's leading tackler and a team captain during his senior year. No, Johnson can't tell you if he'll be drafted - or where. But he can tell you that he'll make it. And he'll tell you why. He'll tell you about the time his high school coach wasn't sure if Johnson would be able to start as a senior. (Still remembers the coach's name, in fact.) Or he'll tell you the time he had to go to prep school because the scholarship offers never really came. You might hear about the torn knee ligaments he suffered during that prep school year, effectively ending his recruitment. Or how he finally ended up at KU as an invited walk-on in 2007, his father mortgaging his own barbershop in Pennsylvania to provide tuition for his son. "My foundation," Johnson says, "and where I come from; my upbringing has really helped me out." And all these stories and setbacks, Johnson says, simply prepared him for his greatest challenge yet. "I think back to what I've done," Johnson says. "When I hit some adversity at the next level, I can be like ???I've worked for this, I've worked for everything I've ever earned in my life.'?" - Rustin Dodd, The Kansas City Star
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