Boston College Football 2014: John Johnson, CB


Boston College sophomore defensive back John Johnson‘s name is easy to remember, and his face also will be as he increases his playing time.

Johnson’s arrival at Boston College was predated by his playing days at Northwestern High School in his locale in Maryland. As a senior cornerback, John Johnson was a team captain, first-team all-county player in Prince George’s County, and a second-team all-state defensive back in Maryland.

There were five offers of which we knew for Johnson, who signed on to become a part of the new 2013 class. Boston College was by far the most impressive of them, with others including Ohio, Buffalo, Lehigh, and Bucknell.

Johnson played as a true freshman under Steve Addazio in 2013, getting into nine games as the defensive backfield needed depth assistance here and there. Against NC State on Senior Day, he had the best day of his young Eagles career yet, recording three tackles, but he also recovered a fumble against the Arizona Wildcats in the AdvoCare V100 Bowl.

John Johnson #43: Fast Facts

  • Position: Cornerback
  • Hometown: West Hyattsville, Maryland
  • High School: Northwestern High School, Hyattsville, MD
  • Measurements: 6-foot-0, 191 lb.
  • Class year at 2014 opener: Sophomore
  • BC games played: 9

John Johnson #43: 2013 Season

  • Backup right corner behind Bryce Jones
  • Games played: 9 (no starts)
  • Cumulative statistics: 4 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery
  • Appeared on Spring 2014 roster

During the spring game in April, John Johnson recorded five tackles. Barely a football game at all, one cannot read too deeply into the numbers, but what it does tell us is that Johnson is continuing to get reps, and reinforces the belief that he will appear in his fair share of football games this year.

New defensive arrivals like Isaac Yiadom and Allen Dawson could complicate the depth chart, but there will be times and places for him to play.

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