Johnson has helped lead the Wildcats to winning seasons and bowl victories in each of his three years at UK, including a 25-19 triumph over East Carolina in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Jan. 2.
Johnson, a former Fort Campbell star, made 93 tackles during the 2008 season, only five behind team leader Braxton Kelley, despite missing two games because of injury. Showing his excellent speed, Johnson led the team with 13 tackles for loss, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. He also had two pass breakups and caused a fumble.
Johnson was a first-team All-SEC selection by the league coaches. Entering the bowl games, he ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game and sixth in tackles for loss.
Johnson had four double-figure tackling games in 2008, including a career-high 15 stops in the win over Arkansas. He led the Wildcats in tackles in eight of the 11 games in which he played.
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