Garrett Johnson - Football - University of Kentucky Athletics 9


  • height 5-11
  • Weight 175
  • class Senior
  • Hometown Winter Garden, Fla.
  • High school West Orange

2016 – Junior

  • Led the team in receptions with 39 for 585 yards
  • Also led the team in 2015 with 694 receiving yards, collecting 46 catches for two touchdowns, including a long of 39
  • Has caught a pass in 11 straight games
  • Has 107 career receptions for 1,550 yards, ranking him 8th on UK’s career receiving yards list … Needs 111 more to tie Randall Cobb at No. 7 (1,661)
  • First player in school history with four games of at least 140 receiving yards
  • Became the 15th player in Kentucky history with at least 100 receptions in his career
  • Became the 13th player to reach 1,000 career receiving yards within his first 25 games played at Kentucky, the first to accomplish that feat since Javess Blue in 2014
  • Has five career 100-yard receiving games
  • Caught five passes for a career-high 164 yards and career-high-tying two touchdowns in the win over No. 11 Louisville
  • On UK’s first offensive play, he caught a 75-yard touchdown bomb, the longest catch of his career
  • Also had a 63-yard TD bomb in the second quarter, giving him 11 career catches of 40-plus yards
  • Opened the season with six catches for 143 receiving yards vs. Southern Miss, the second-most in a season opener in school history

2015 – Sophomore

  • Led the team with 694 receiving yards, collecting 46 catches for two touchdowns, including a long of 39
  • Played in all 12 games with 11 starts, averaging 57.8 receiving yards per game
  • Of his 46 catches, 30 came as first-down grabs or touchdowns, a team high
  • Had two 100-yard games, a 119-yard, six-catch outing vs. No. 23 Missouri and a nine-catch, 160-yard performance vs. Auburn
  • Had a catch in all 12 games, with at least three catches in eight outings

2014 – Freshman

  • Led UK’s frosh receivers in catches and yardage
  • Totaled 22 catches for 271 yards and two touchdowns
  • Earned SEC Freshman of the Week honors at Florida when he had six catches for 154 yards, including TD plays of 60 and 33 yards
  • The 154 yards is a UK freshman record
  • First UK freshman to have two scoring catches in a game since Randall Cobb in 2008

High School

  • First-team all-state as a senior by The Associated Press
  • Ended senior season with 59 receptions for 1,421 yards and 24 touchdowns
  • A three-star recruit by Rivals,, Scout and ESPN
  • Rivals ranked him the 96th-best player in the state of Florida and the 99th-best wide receiver in the nation
  • ESPN rated him the 84th-best prospect in Florida and 64th-best wide receiver in the nation
  • Great sophomore season with 58 receptions for 1,014 yards and 11 touchdowns and followed that with 49 receptions his junior season for 685 yards and seven touchdowns
  • Also rushed some in high school with nearly 500 yards rushing and seven rushing touchdowns
  • Named all-area his senior year by the Orlando Sentinel
  • Coached by Bob Head
  • Picked Kentucky after offers from Arizona, Boston College, Florida, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Northwestern, South Florida and Vanderbilt


  • Born in Winter Garden, Fla.
  • Son of Mary Coates
  • Major is communications

Community Cats

  • Volunteer at Dixie Elementary Field Day (2016)
  • Read books to students at Maxwell Elementary for Black History Month (2016)
  • Stayed after practice to spend time with the Special Olympics (2015)

Juice Says

  • His nickname is “Juice”
  • Other than playing in the NFL, his dream job is to own a business and create his own brand
  • One word to describe him on the field is “happy”
  • His favorite meal is chicken, mac and cheese, baked beans and green beans
  • His favorite movie is Hardball
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