|3 Neiko Johnson
Extremely athletic and versatile talent, will have the ability to have a breakout season as a fifth-year senior ... Regarded by UK's coaches as the best base runner in the SEC, stole 24-of-25 bases in just 21 starts as a junior ... Has excellent base running instincts ... Can play nearly any position on the field, seeing time at second, third and shortstop in the infield and also logging time in the outfield ... Will compete for starting positions at second base and rightfield ... In addition to above-average base running skills, has excellent plate discipline and pitch recognition, translating to a high on-base percentage ... Could be a prototypical top of the order hitter in UK's speed-based offensive attack.
Had a great summer in the Coastal Plains League, playing in 33 games with 29 starts ... Totaled a .307 average (31-for-101) with three doubles, one triple and 18 RBI ... Had a .409 on-base percentage after drawing 15 walks, getting hit by six pitches and striking out 20 times ... Had five sacrifice flies and two sacrifice bunts ... Stole an impressive 25-of-27 bases.
Played in 33 games with 21 starts ... Batted .171 (13-for-76) with 24 runs scored, two doubles, one homer and six RBI ... Had a great on-base percentage, .388, drawing 16 walks and getting hit by 11 pitches, striking out 10 times ... Ranked fourth in the SEC with 24 stolen bases in 25 attempts ... In 14 SEC games and six starts, batted .222 (4-for-18) with seven runs scored, one double, six walks and just two strikeouts ... Stole 8-of-9 bases in SEC play alone, with the one caught stealing a highly questionable call at Vanderbilt ... Hit all over the order, batting leadoff five times, second and ninth seven times, batting seventh and eighth once each ... Started four games at second base, one at shortstop, nine in leftfield and seven as the designated hitter ... Had a career-high three hits in a win over West Virginia ... Charted a career high three-RBI game at Indiana ... Got the start against IPFW on March 13, going 0-for-3 with two runs scored, but stealing a career-high four bases ... Had a four-game stretch with 11 stolen bases ... Biggest at bat of the year came with UK down one run in the bottom of the ninth inning of an impressive comeback win in San Diego against Monmouth ... After Chris Bisson left the game after breaking his nose, Johnson came in to play second base and led off the ninth inning with UK down one ... Johnson worked the count to 2-2 and belted a line-drive homer over the left-centerfield fence to tie the game, with UK winning later in the ninth after Braden Kapteyn got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded ... Had an excellent offensive summer in the New York Collegiate Baseball League, playing for the Watertown Wizards ... Ranked third in the league with a .343 (48-for-140) average, leading the NYCBL with 37 walks ... Charted six doubles, one triple, two homers and 24 RBI ... Struck out only 24 times ... Hit .356 (26-for-73) with runners on base, reaching as lead-off hitter in 19-of-32 opportunities ... Stole 21-of-22 bases, ranking fourth in the league.
Batted .250 (6-for-24) in 13 games and seven starts in 2009 ... Scored seven runs with one double and three RBI ... Drew four walks and struck out 10 times, stealing 2-of-2 bases ... Recorded one sacrifice fly ... Had a .367 on-base percentage ... In the final game of the Caravelle Resort Invitational against Coastal Carolina, got the start, going 1-for-3 ... Started at designated hitter in two games against Indiana State, batting 2-for-4 with a walk and a steal in the first game ... Had a career-best 3-for-4, two RBI game against Georgetown College, drawing one walk and adding a double ... Got the start in two games at eventual NCAA Champion LSU, striking out six times in eight at bats without a hit.
Played in 14 games with two starting assignments ... Batted .176 (3-for-17) with eight runs scored and two RBI ... Drew four walks to six strikeouts, swiping 1-of-1 base ... Scored the game-winning run as a pinch runner in a walk-off win vs. Purdue ... Started two consecutive games, a win at South Alabama and in a mid-week win over Oakland ... In the win at USA, batted 1-for-4 ... Played in the Great Lakes League with UK outfielder Navarro Hall during the 2008 summer ... Batted .279 (34-for-122) with 12 doubles, one triple, a homer and 13 RBI ...Totaled a .373 on-base percentage and stole 9-of-10 bases.
Played for Redan HS in Atlanta, Ga. ... Attended the same high school which produced MLB shortstops Brandon Phillips, PJ Phillips, and Chris Nelson ... Coached by Marvin Pruitt ... Led team to the baseball state semifinals during freshman season ... Team won region championship junior and senior years ... Batted .433 with 45 runs, 11 doubles, six home runs, and 24 RBI as a senior ... Junior season batted .453, scoring 39 runs, hitting six doubles, five home runs, and 19 RBI ... A blur on the base paths, stole 32 bases during junior and senior seasons ... Named First-Team All-County as a junior and senior ... Named Co-MVP of junior team ... Named player of the month during senior season ... Finished HS with a 3.0 GPA and was named to the A and B Honor Roll.
Son of Jerome Johnson and the late Carol Brown-Edmonds ... Two older twin brothers, Jason and Jarvis (31) ... Born Feb. 2, 1988.