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Bruce Johnson

position

Defensive Back

Height

5-11

Weight

168 lbs.

Class

Freshman

Hometown

Live Oak

High School

Suwannee HS

2007 (JUNIOR): Started eight games at cornerback, tied for the most on the team … Totaled 28 tackles (21 solo), with a team-leading six pass breakups … Made one interception … Returned one kickoff for 15 yards … Made his first start of the season at left cornerback and played 45 snaps, making three solo tackles against FIU … Started at right cornerback and saw action on 41 downs, making two solo tackles vs. Texas A&M … Started at left cornerback and played 63 downs on defense (three solo tackles) in win over Duke … Played in the cornerback rotation on 40 plays, making two assisted tackles and a pass deflection at North Carolina … Started at right cornerback …. Recorded his first career interception, picking off first-quarter a pass in the endzone against Georgia Tech … Started at left cornerback and made a career-high eight tackles (five solo) … Added a pass deflection … Started at left cornerback and played 52 snaps, making four tackles (two solo) against NC State … Started at left cornerback and played 53 downs, making two solo tackles against Virginia … Against Virginia Tech, started at right cornerback and played 61 downs, making one assisted tackle and three pass breakups … Played in the rotation, making two solo tackles and one pass breakup at Boston College.

2006 (SOPHOMORE): Reserve cornerback and top kick returner…Played in 11 games, making two starts as a nickel back…Made 10 tackles on defense and three pass breakups…Returned 15 kickoffs for 326 yards, a 21.7-yard average which led the team…Also topped the team with 23 punt returns for 186 yards, an 8.1-yard average (25 long)…Ranked ninth in the ACC in punt returns…In the season opener vs. Florida State, saw action at cornerback (one tackle for loss) and returned one punt for 15 yards and two kickoffs for 22 yards…Started in a nickel defense a week later vs. Florida A&M and made four tackles (two solo)…Played cornerback (no tackles) and returned three punts for 22 yards and two kickoffs for 37 yards at Louisville…Started the Houston game at left cornerback (no tackles) and returned four punts for 36 yards…Played on special teams and returned one kickoff for 34 yards against FIU…Played only on special teams at Georgia Tech, with two kickoff returns for 47 yards (30 long)…Returned four punts for 33 yards vs. Virginia Tech…Started the MPC Computers Bowl at left cornerback.

2005 (FRESHMAN): True freshman who earned playing time early in the season…Played in nine games, making one start in a dime defense…Totaled seven tackles (six solo) and one fumble recovery…Saw his first action in the Colorado home opener, playing on nine snaps (no tackles)…Made his first start in a dime defense vs. South Florida, making one tackle on 28 plays…Played as a reserve against Duke and took over as the left cornerback in the second quarter when his uncle Kelly Jennings left game. Finished the game with one solo tackle…Saw considerable playing time in the second half at Temple, adding two more tackles…Played sparingly on defense the remainder of the season when he was a fixture on special teams coverage units.

HIGH SCHOOL: As a senior in 2004, played both ways, making 44 solo tackles, 17 assists, one forced fumble, three recovered fumbles, 12 passes broken up and two interceptions…Also blocked three kicks…On offense, had 39 receptions for 546 yards and three touchdowns and rushed 11 times for 66 yards…Named District Player of the Year…As a junior, tallied 44 tackles and two interceptions on defense and 42 receptions for 752 yards and two TDs on offense…Also returned two punts for touchdowns…In his sophomore year, had 27 catches for 407 yards…Selected for the postseason CaliFlorida Bowl…Rated the nation’s No. 4 cornerback prospect by Scout.com and the No. 12 cornerback prospect by Rivals.com…Ranked as the No. 28 overall prospect by the Tampa Tribune and the No. 71 prospect in Florida by the Orlando Sentinel…Member of the Florida Times-Union Super 75…Chose Miami over Auburn and Clemson…Coached by Jay Walls.

BRUCE JOHNSON’S CAREER STATISTICS

TACKLES FUMBLES
Year GP/GS TT UT AT TFL QBP Sacks FF FR PBU Int
2005 9/1 7 6 1 0-0 0 0-0 0 1-0 0 0-0
2006 11/3 6 4 2 1-3 0 0-0 0 0-0 3 0-0
2007 10/8 28 21 7 0-0 0 0-0 0 0-0 6 1-0
Totals 30/12 41 31 10 1-3 0 0-0 0 1-0 9 1-0
KICKOFF RETURNS PUNT RETURNS
Year GP/GS No Yards Avg TD LG No Yards Avg TD LG
2005 9/1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0
2006 11/3 15 326 21.7 0 34 23 186 8.1 0 25
2007 10/8 1 15 15.0 0 15 0 0 0.0 0 0
Totals 30/12 16 341 21.3 0 34 23 186 8.1 0 25