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      A.J. Johnson
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Gainesville, Ga.

High School:
Gainesville

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 242

Position:
LB

Experience:
1L

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CAREER HONORS

  • 2013 Phil Steele Preseason Third Team All-American
  • 2013 Phil Steele Preseason First Team All-SEC
  • 2012 Coaches All-SEC Second Team
  • 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)
2013 - JUNIOR
  • Photo Gallery
  • 2013 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
  • Games/Starts: 12/12
  • Stands third in career assisted tackles at UT with 164; next on list is No. 2 Jamie Rotella with 181
  • Has 324 career tackles including 21.5 tackles for loss
  • 18 career games with double-figure tackles in 36 games
  • Led Vols in tackles with 106 in 2013
  • Third in SEC in tackles per game with 8.8
  • Led team lead in TFLs with 8.5 for 17 yards
  • Five double-figure tackle games in 2013 including four of last seven games
  • Shared team lead with nine tackles in finale at Kentucky (11/30)
  • Led team in tackles with season-best 13 vs. Vanderbilt (11/23) including 2.0 TFLs, a forced fumble and a pass break-up
  • Tied for team lead with eight tackles vs. #7 Auburn (11/9); posted 300th career tackle
  • Led all tacklers with 11 stops at #10 Missouri (11/2)
  • Game-best 10 tackles at #1 Alabama (10/26), now has 37 career tackles vs. the Tide
  • Team-high eight tackles vs. #11 South Carolina (10/19)
  • Racked up 12 tackles, for 15th career double-figure tackles including 1.5 TFLs vs. #6 Georgia (10/5)
  • Eight tackles, including a TFL, pass break-up and a quarterback hurry vs. South Alabama (9/28)
  • Led all tacklers with seven stops at #2 Oregon (9/14)
  • 14th career double-figure tackle game with 10 stops at #19 Florida (9/21)
  • Racked up eight tackles vs. WKU (9/7) that included a key TFL in the first quarter to thwart a WKU drive
  • Opened 2013 season with two tackles vs. Austin Peay (8/31)
2012 - SOPHOMORE
  • Photo Gallery
  • 2012 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
  • 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)

2011 - FRESHMAN
  • 2011 GAME-BY-GAME STATISTICS
  • 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
HIGH SCHOOL
  • 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
PERSONAL
  • Full Name: Alexander James Johnson
  • Born: December 24, 1991
  • Son of Vivian Drake
  • Majoring in Communications
CAREER HIGHS
  • Tackles - 21 at Mississippi State, 10/13/12
  • Forced Fumble - 1 at Florida, 9/17/11
  • Tackles for Loss - 1.5 at Alabama, 10/22/11
  • 10-Tackle Games - 17 (last 13 vs. Vanderbilt, 11/23/13)
  • 20-Tackle Games - 21 at Mississippi State, 10/13/12
  • Rushing Yards - 5 vs. Florida, 9/15/12
  • Touchdowns - 1 six times, last vs. Kentucky, 11/24/12
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