Austin  Johnson

40Austin Johnson


Hickory, N.C.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 240


Career Statistics


  • 2010 Academic All-SEC
  • 2009 Academic All-SEC
  • 2008 Academic All-SEC

  • Games/Starts: 12/12
  • Senior middle linebacker, led Vols in tackles with 81, starting all 12 games
  • Led team in interceptions with four for 49 yards
  • Tied for NCAA lead in interceptions by a linebacker (with Kentucky's Danny Trevathan)
  • Had 5.0 TFLs, a sack, and two QB hurries
  • With four interceptions, has most INTs by a UT linebacker in a season since Jackie Walker had five in 1970
  • Four interceptions tied for fourth-most in the SEC
  • Finished with interceptions in four of the last six games, including three games in a row (11/5-19)
  • Closed career with seven tackles at Kentucky (11/26))
  • Third game in a row with an interception vs. Vanderbilt (11/19), led team in tackles with nine stops including first-career sack for 13 yards
  • Third interception of the season, a TFL and three tackles at #8 Arkansas (11/12)
  • Led Vols in tackles for fourth time this season with seven stops vs. MTSU (11/5) along with his second interception
  • Second career 10-plus tackle game vs. #14 South Carolina (10/29) giving him 100 career tackles
  • Second-career interception along with five tackles at #2 Alabama (10/22)
  • Made six tackles vs. #1 LSU (10/15)
  • Career-high 11 tackles to tie for team-lead vs. Georgia (10/8)
  • Second on team with six tackles vs. Buffalo (10/1)
  • Tied for team-lead in stops at #16 Florida (9/17) with seven
  • Tied for team-lead with six tackles vs. Cincinnati (9/10)
  • First-career start came in opener vs. Montana (9/3), made four tackles

  • Games/Starts: 13/0
  • Switched to linebacker after spending first two seasons as a fullback
  • One of four Vols to see action in every single quarter in 2010
  • Fourth among UT linebackers with 44 tackles and 11th on the team
  • Tied for second on the Vols with nine special teams tackles
  • Also tied for fourth on the squad with a pair of takeaways (1 INT, 1 FR)
  • Compiled 3.5 tackles for loss
  • Finished in the top three for UT in tackles five times, including a career-best nine vs. UAB, second-most on the Vols

  • Posted six tackles vs. Georgia and Alabama and five stops vs. UT Martin and Mississippi
  • Also had first career interception vs. UT Martin and teamed with Greg King to record UT's lone safety of the season against the Skyhawks
  • Forced and recovered fumble vs. Florida
  • Contributed a pair of tackles vs. Memphis, Vanderbilt and North Carolina
  • Earned UT's Andy Spiva Award as the team's defensive surprise player of 2010 spring practice period


  • Games/Starts: 12/0
  • Helped lead the way for Montario Hardesty to rush for more than 1,300 yards

  • Caught 38-yard touchdown pass on game's second play versus South Carolina
  • Added one tackle on special teams


  • Games/Starts: 6/0
  • Made collegiate debut against UAB
  • Appeared in five of last six games

  • Contributed on special teams in addition to fullback responsibilities
  • Named to VolScholar Honor Roll

High School

  • Enrolled at UT in January 2008 and participated in spring drills
  • All-State in 2006 and 2007
  • Three-time All-Conference linebacker, including final two seasons as conference Defensive Player of the Year
  • Team MVP junior year
  • 2007 Shrine Bowl participant and captain of North Carolina squad against South Carolina all-stars
  • 2007 Carolina Panthers Community Captain for success on the field, in the classroom and throughout the community
  • Started three years at linebacker and two at fullback
  • Finished with 580 career tackles

  • Had 160 tackles as sophomore, 211 as junior and 210 senior year
  • As senior, rushed 108 times for 692 yards and 18 touchdowns and had 35 receptions for 470 yards
  • Also excelled in baseball
  • National Honor Society and Beta Club member
  • His father, Mike, started football career at Kentucky before completing eligibility at UT-Martin
  • Older brother, Tyler, played linebacker at Wingate in Div. II South Atlantic Conference
  • Coach at Hickory High School - John Worley
Career Highs
  • Tackles - 11 vs. Georgia, 10/8/11
  • 10-Tackle Games - 2 vs. Georgia, 10/8/11; vs. South Carolina, 10/29/11
  • Sacks - 1 vs. Vanderbilt, 11/19/11
  • Tackles For Loss - 1.5 vs. UT Martin, 9/4/10
  • Interceptions - 1 five times, last vs. Vanderbilt, 11/19/11
  • Born on June 16, 1989
  • Parents are Michael and Carman Johnson


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