Derrick Johnson - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 55


  • height 6-2
  • Weight 318
  • class Senior
  • High school Harrodsburg

Enters fall practice as a backup tackle behind returning starter Jeremy Caudill ? Very strong and can be tough to dislodge from his position ? Has graduated with a degree in journalism, one of six current Wildcats who have graduated already ? Has played in 20 regular-season games.

2000 (Junior): Played in all 11 games as a reserve tackle and on special teams ? Received his second varsity letter.

1999 (Sophomore): Was playing well in spring practice until sustaining a fracture/dislocation in his ankle ? Returned in mid-season ? Did play with the UK junior varsity but did not see varsity game action.

1998 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in nine games, plus the Outback Bowl, as a reserve defensive tackle and on special teams … Made one tackle against Vanderbilt.

1997 (Freshman): Redshirted.

High School: First team all-state as a junior and senior at Harrodsburg (Ky.) HS … Versatile performer who started, at various times, at every position in the offensive and defensive lines … Totaled 77 tackles, two interceptions, and seven quarterback sacks as a senior, helping lead his team to the finals of the Class A state playoffs … Had a unique career at Harrodsburg … Played his first high school games as a third- and fourth-grader before a ruling prohibited elementary students from playing high school football … Returned to game action as a seventh-grader … All totaled, he played in eight high school seasons and was a starter for the last five … His jersey was retired by the school … Coached by his father, Alvis Johnson … Also played basketball, baseball, and track … Member of numerous campus activities and was president of the Speech and Drama Club … Won the Dan Sanders Memorial Award for academics, leadership, and athletics.

Personal: Full name is Derrick Alvis Johnson … Born 7-24-78 in Danville, Ky. … Son of Alvis and Rosetta Johnson … Alvis played college football at Western Kentucky and Derrick?s uncle, Butch Cook, played football at Mississippi Valley State … Derrick?s brother, Dennis, is a junior on the UK football team … Major is journalism.

The Cats? Cause: Participated in a charity autograph signing for the March of Dimes … Guest speaker at Harrodsburg HS … Volunteer at the Special Olympics (1997-98) … Celebrity visitor at UK Children?s Hospital (1998-99).

Johnson Career Statistics

YearPosition G-GSTacklesTFLSacks1998Def. Tackle9-01002000Def. Tackle11-0000Totals20-0100
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