- Spring 2005 Team Most Improved Defensive Back
Athletic and confident playmaker who gives MU good size, at 6-foot-2, at the corner position ... Was a starter at the beginning of the season, as well as earning 2 starts at the end of the 2005 campaign ... Injured his knee in game #5 this year against Colorado, and was originally feared to be out for the rest of the season ... Injury wasn't as bad as initially thought, and he returned in game #11 at Iowa State, where he made up for lost time by breaking up 2 passes and grabbing his 1st career INT that led to a Tiger field goal ... Intercepted a pass for a 2nd straight game the next time out against Kansas late in the 4th quarter that snuffed out a last-ditch Jayhawk drive ... Had 4 tackles in all at ISU, and registered a season-high 5 tackles in game #3 at New Mexico, including his 1st career QB sack ... Has played in 7 games in all, including 4 starts, and has 17 total tackles, 3 passes broken up and a team-leading 2 interceptions ... Is part of a Tiger defense that leads the Big 12 Conference, and ranks 19th in the NCAA, in pass defense, allowing 171.50 yards per game.
Had a very solid redshirt freshman campaign ... Was usually the 1st CB to come off the bench, and saw action in all 12 games, including 2 starts, with the latter coming in MU's bowl victory over South Carolina ... Was also a standout on MU's special teams, as he ranked 2nd on the team with 9 special teams tackles overall ... Had 35 tackles on the season, and broke up 2 passes as well ... Tried his hand at returning kickoffs early in the year, and averaged 15.4 yards on 5 returns in games #3 through #5, with a long of 25 yards against Troy ... Made the 1st start of his young career at Oklahoma State, where he had 4 tackles and 1 PBU on the day ... Had a very productive stretch in games #3 through #7, when he averaged 4.8 tackles per game, including a career-high 6 stops against #2 Texas ... Had 5 stops apiece in games against Iowa State and Troy, and added 4 stops in outings against Iowa State and Nebraska ... Entered fall camp listed No. 2 on the depth chart at one corner spot, after a solid spring period that saw him earn the team's Most Improved Defensive Back Award ... Had 5 tackles in the 2005 spring game ... Changed his jersey number from 28 to 2 for the spring period.
Flew under the radar, according to the recruiting experts, as he was unable to play his senior year at LaMarque High School after transferring prior to the year from Texas City High School ... LaMarque went a perfect 16-0 and won the state title while he was forced to watch from the sidelines ... As a junior at Texas City, was named all-state and district 23-4A all-state after making 89 tackles and 5 interceptions while adding 5 catches for 225 yards and 2 touchdowns ... High school coach - Brian Erwin.
Son of Kevin Johnson & Catherine Hadley ... Plans to pursue degree in industrial engineering at Mizzou ... Chose MU over Colorado State, Hawaii, Northwestern and Rice, among others.
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