Career Honors: 2011: Named to the Phil Steele Midseason All-Big 12 Third Team … Named KU’s Defensive Player of the Week four times (Sept. 3, Oct. 8, Oct. 15 and Oct. 29) … Awarded title of team captain prior to senior season.
2011 (Sr.): Led the Big 12 in total tackles (124), which also ranked 21st in the nation … Made double digit tackles in eight of 12 games … Recorded a career-high 18 stops at Texas … His 18 tackles were the most by a Jayhawk since 2003 … Recorded 15 stops against McNeese State to be named KU’s Defensive Player of the Week … Had two tackles behind the line of scrimmage … Forced a fumble on fourth-and-short, which ended McNeese State’s final drive … Made 11 stops at Georgia Tech … Had 12 tackles against Texas Tech, including two stops for a loss … Added seven tackles at Oklahoma State … Had 13 tackles in back-to-back contests against Oklahoma and Kansas State … Had five stops at Iowa State, including his sixth behind the line of scrimmage … Made 10 tackles and recovered a fumble against Baylor … Recorded five tackles and forced a fumble at Texas A&M … Made ten stops in team’s final game versus Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium.
2010 (Jr.): 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.
2009 (So.): 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.
2008 (Fr.): True freshman who saw action in two games – against FIU and South Florida… Recorded one tackle on the year.
High School: Earned all-state honors as a linebacker… Led the state in tackles in 2005 with 123 stops… Was named his team[apos]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[apos]s best newcomer in track.
Personal: 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.