Member of 2012 Preseason Butkus Watch List...2012 All-SEC Preseason Second Team by league media...2012 All-SEC Preseason Third Team by league coaches...CFPA Hon. Mention Linebacker of the Week (Oct. 14, 2012)...2011 Consensus Freshman All-American...2011 First-Team Freshman All-American by Football Writers of America, The Sporting News, Fox Sports, Phil Steele, Yahoo! Sports...2011 five Freshman All-American honors set Tennessee record, breaking mark of four by Eric Berry in 2009...2011 SEC All-Freshman Team selection...SEC Freshman of the Week (10/22 Alabama).
Games/Starts: 12/12...Second season as starting middle linebacker...Led SEC and UT with 138 tackles (fourth-most in NCAA) in 12 starts in 2012, also had team-high 8.5 TFLs for 25 yards, first-career sack and eight quarterback hurries...Posted most tackles by a Vol since Jerod Mayo made 140 in 2007... Fourth in NCAA, first SEC in tackles per game (11.5)...With 21 tackles at Miss State, had most stops by a Vol in 48 years, since Keith DeLong had 23 vs. Alabama in 1988... Rushed 12 times for 21 yards with team-high six touchdowns out of `The Beast' a Wildcat QB formation...Averaging 12.9 tackles per game over last 10 games with 129 in those 10 games including double-figure tackles in each game (at least 11 in each).Closed year with 14 tackles including first-career sack (for 10 yards), two TFLs and his sixth rushing touchdown of the season vs. Kentucky (11/24)...12 tackles including two TFLs at Vanderbilt (11/17)...Notched 11 tackles vs. Missouri (11/10)...Surpassed 100 tackles for the season in ninth game with 13 vs. Troy (11/3)...Sixth game in a row with double-figure tackles, piling up 11 stops at #17 South Carolina (10/27)...Racked up 14 tackles vs. #1 Alabama (10/20), has 27 career tackles vs. the Crimson Tide in two games...Had 11 tackles in each of three games in a row (9/15-29)...Career-high 21 tackles, most by a Vol since 1988, at #19 Mississippi State (10/13), had 1.5 TFLs...For third game in a row had 11 tackles and a rushing touchdown, at #5 Georgia (9/29) in homecoming, also recovered a fumble and had a TFL...Racked up 11 stops and rushed for a TD for the second game in a row vs. Akron (9/22)...As a Wildcat QB (which he played in HS) rushed twice vs. Florida (9/15) and scored first-career touchdown on a 1-yard rush; also racked up 11 tackles and a 6-yard TFL...It was fitting that Johnny Majors, who played multiple positions, had his jersey No. 45 retired vs. Florida...Racked up five tackles vs. Georgia State (9/8)...Opened 2012 with four tackles vs. NC State (8/31).
Games/Starts: 12/10...Led all SEC freshmen in tackles with 80, finishing second for UT....One of four true freshmen to rank among top two on his team in tackles among all D-I FBS schools...At least shared Vols' lead in tackles on four occasions...Prior to Vanderbilt game, was only freshman to be leading his team in tackles in FBS...With 80 tackles, had second-most stops by a true freshman in a season in UT history behind only Eric Berry, who had 86 in 2007... Only true freshman in UT history to have three double-figure tackle games in a season (E.Berry had two in 2007) with 10-plus in three games in a row (10/15-29)...Played in all 12 games in 2011 in true freshman season, starting 10 times.Recorded 4.5 TFLs, a forced fumble and two fumble recoveries, the only Vol with multiple FRs...Finished year with nine tackles including TFL at Kentucky (11/26)...Four tackles in win over Vanderbilt (11/19)...Five stops vs. MTSU (11/5) and at #8 Arkansas (11/12)...Had 36 tackles in a three game span (12.0 per game) against #1 LSU, #2 Alabama, and #14 South Carolina...Piled up 12 tackles and recovered a fumble vs. #14 South Carolina (10/29)...Racked up career-high 13 tackles at #2 Alabama (10/22), second-most tackles by a true freshman in a game in UT history (record Eric Berry, vs. Kentucky in 2007) to earn SEC Freshman of the Week honors...11 tackles against #1 LSU (10/15), first double-figure tackle total by a freshman since Eric Berry in 2007...Racked up four tackles vs. Georgia (10/8)... Second on team with six tackles and a TFL vs. Buffalo (10/1)... Tied for team lead in tackles with seven at #16 Florida (9/17), also forced a fumble and recovered it... Three tackles and 0.5 TFL in start in first college game vs.Montana (9/3). One of 12 true freshmen to play in opener...Along with Curt Maggitt, believed to be first true freshman to start at LB for UT.
Rivals: 4-star (No. 136 overall prospect nationally, No. 8 overall inside linebacker, No. 12 overall prospect in Georgia)... Scout: 4-star (No. 16 overall middle linebacker)... ESPN: 4-star (No. 118 overall prospect nationally, No. 5 overall inside linebacker)... Georgia's Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year... Named First Team Class AAA All-State following three consecutive seasons (2008-10)... Member of Under Armour All-America Team... Named to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super 11 team as a senior in 2010... Selected to ESPNU 150 and Rivals250 teams... The Gainesville Times 2010 Football Player of the Year... Named to Mobile Press-Register's Southeast 120 and ranked 77th.Posted 173 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, eight forced fumbles, seven pass breakups, six sacks and two interceptions in senior campaign... As a junior in 2009, tallied 131 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, eight sacks, six pass breakups, four forced fumbles and an INT...As a sophomore in 2008, tallied 160 tackles, nine tackles-for-loss and four sacks ... Helped lead team to state championship game as a junior... Also helped team to three straight region titles...Gainesville went 24-3 over final two seasons...Coach at Gainesville High School: Bruce Miller.
Full Name: Alexander James Johnson...Born: December 24, 1991...Son of Vivian Drake...Majoring in Communications.