|67 Cory Johnson
Standout junior-college performer graduated in December and enrolled at Kentucky in January ... Arrived at UK at a good time, as the top three defensive tackles from last season have departed ... His juco career gives good implications for success here ... Was the leading tackler for the nation's No. 1 juco scoring defense, which shows his ability to shed blockers and get to the football ... His 15 tackles for loss last season indicates the quickness needed to make plays in the backfield.
Junior College: Had a great two years at ASA College in Brooklyn, N.Y. ... First-team All-Northeast Football Conference as a sophomore ... Paced ASA College in tackles with 49 stops, including 15 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks and a pass breakup ... Leading the team in tackles is a rare feat for a defensive lineman ... Played in seven games as a true freshman with the Avengers, posting 23 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for loss, one fumble forced and one fumble recovery ... Helped lead ASA to a two-year record of 18-2, including two NFC championships with spotless 5-0 records each season ... Helped the Avengers to the first postseason win in school history with a 23-3 victory over the College of DuPage in the 2013 Carrier Dome Bowl ... ASA won their last nine in a row en route to a 9-1 record and achieved a final ranking of No. 7 in the nation ... Only loss was to Georgia Military College, which advanced to the 2013 national championship game ...ASA led the National Junior College Athletic Association in scoring defense, allowing just 9.1 points per game ... ASA head coach is Dennis Orlando ... A four-star recruit according to Rivals.com and 247Sports.com, while Scout.com and ESPN.com rank him a three-star prospect ... Ranked as the 31st-best junior college player in the ESPN.com Junior College Top 50 ... ESPN.com ranks him the eighth-best juco defensive lineman, while 247Sports rates him the ninth-best at his position ... Chose UK over Miami (Fla.) and Texas Tech.
High School: Originally from Columbia, S.C., he played three years at Chambersburg (Pa.) High School under Coach Mark Saunders ... Played defensive tackle and end ... Had more than 100 tackles his senior season, including a single-game high of 20 stops ... Also participated in the shot put on the school's track and field team ... Set the indoor school record in that event ... Signed with Temple out of high school before going to junior college.
Personal: Born in Columbia, S.C.... Son of Centuria Johnson and Carl and Angela Johnson ... Major is community leadership and development.
Community Cats: Participated in God's Pantry delivery (2012) ... Helped with Big Blue U Move-In (2012).
C.J. Says ... I wear uniform number 67 because: I had to have that number in junior college ... Other than football, the UK Athletics team I enjoy watching the most is: basketball ... My go-to song to get ready for a game is: 300 by Chief Keef ... The one thing I like most about football is: overpowering another man ... The celebrity I'd like to be best friends with is: Gucci Mane.