Skyhawk Football | Ben Johnson - 41

HometownPrimm Springs, Tenn.
Height/Weight6-2 - 235 lbs.

2012: Enjoyed a monster season, earning first team All-Ohio Valley Conference defense accolades…Led the OVC with 131 tackles (60 solo) and ranked sixth in the nation with 11.91 tackles per game…Also ranked fourth in the league in sacks (four) and seventh in forced fumbles (two)…Also added five tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, one quarterback hurry and one pass breakup…Tallied at least eight tackles in all 11 games, including eight double-digit tackle performances…Generated a season-high 17 tackles in a win against Jacksonville State on Nov. 3 and had 16 tackles in a win over Eastern Illinois on Oct. 6…Also made 10 solo stops (13 overall) at Northern Illinois on Sept. 8.

2011: Started in all 11 games for the Skyhawks, earning a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer team…Named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week…Named College Football Performance Awards Linebacker of the Week…Led the Skyhawks and ranked fourth in the OVC with 97 total tackles, 46 unassisted and 51 assisted tackles, and 7.5 tackles for loss for 25 yards...Recorded 3.5 sacks for 19 yards…Led the OVC in forced fumbles with three…Recorded two interceptions…Hurried the quarterback eight times and recorded two pass breakups…Tallied a season-best 15 tackles in the season-finale at Eastern Kentucky…Averaged 8.7 tackles per game.

2010: Redshirted.

BEFORE UTM: Played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, linebacker and free safety at Fairview High School…Was named all-region, all-state defensive back, region defensive MVP, all-midstate and all-county in 2008…Also played basketball for the Yellow Jackets.

PERSONAL: Born on May 7, 1991…Son of Tim and Denise Johnson…Majoring in health and human performance.

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