Made a strong bid to regain his former starting role at left guard in the spring ... Eager to return to game action after sitting out last season ... Sidelined by a back injury to begin the 2008 season, he eventually redshirted ... Was a key performer in the offensive line in 2006-07 as both a starter and reserve ... Has appeared in 36 career games, earning 15 starting nods ... Brother of current Wildcat Micah Johnson, they will play their senior years together.
2008 (Senior): Redshirted.
2007 (Junior): Appeared in all 13 contests, alternating at guard with Zipp Duncan and Jason Leger ... Started three games at left guard ... Made his first start of the season in the LSU game, helping the line to a quality effort by yielding no sacks and racking up 125 yards rushing.
2006 (Sophomore): Started the last 12 games at left guard ... Emerged as a starter after Louisville game ... Played more effectively as the season went on.
2005 (Freshman): Played in the final 10 games of the season, seeing significant action as a reserve.
High School: Very strong offensive lineman who played a season of prep school football at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. ... Played offensive guard at Hargrave, which posted a 7-3 record in 2004 ... Blocked for four running backs who signed with Division I schools ... Team had three backs rush for more than 100 yards vs. Fork Union Military Academy ... Head coach at Hargrave is Robert Prunty ... Offensive line coach Brian White said, "Christian is the strongest guy on our team. His combination of size, strength, and athletic ability make him an SEC player." ... Top lifts include 545 pounds in the squat lift and 440 pounds in the bench press ... Two-year starter at West Potomac HS in Alexandria, Va. ... As a senior, earned all-metro honors for the District of Columbia area ... Two-year all-district pick ... Nominated for a national high school all-star game but did not play ... Three-year letterman on the track and field team, participating in the shot put ... Finished third in the state as a junior and senior ... Final choice of schools was Kentucky, Maryland, Cincinnati, Marshall, Western Carolina, and Connecticut.
Personal: Coming from a military family, Christian was born in Columbus, Ga., and also has lived in Oklahoma, California, Washington (state), Ft. Knox, Ky., Hawaii, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and now Ft. Campbell, Ky. ... Son of Nathaniel and Vicki Johnson ... Nathaniel played football at Bishop College ... Christian's brother, Micah, signed with UK in Feb. 2006 ... Major is family and consumer sciences.
Community Cats: Worked at the Athletes in Action sports camp for children (2006).