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4  Micah Johnson
Micah Johnson

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Ft. Campbell, Ky.

High School:
Ft. Campbell

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 258

Position:
Linebacker

Experience:
3L


  • All-SEC (first team) by SEC coaches (2008)
  • All-SEC (second team) by Phil Steele's College Football, Rivals.com (2008)
  • All-SEC (honorable mention) by The Associated Press (2008)
  • SEC All-Freshman Team by SEC coaches (2006)

Went through the National Football League evaluation process but chose to return to Kentucky for his senior season ... Developed into an All-Southeastern Conference linebacker during the 2008 season ... Has made notable progress each season of his career ... Team's starting middle linebacker ... Displays noteworthy lateral speed in getting to the ball ... His experience as a high school offensive star has helped him play effectively in pass defense ... Has appeared in 36 career games, earning 14 starting assignments ... Has 180 tackles in his career, including 17 for loss ... Brother of current Wildcat Christian Johnson, they will go through their senior seasons together.

2008 (Junior): Received multiple All-SEC honors, including first-team laurels from the league coaches ... Was the team's second-leading tackler with 93 stops, the best season of his career ... Would have had well over 100 tackles had he not missed two and one-half games because of injury ... Ranked third in the SEC in tackles per game with 8.7 per contest ... Led the team while ranking sixth in the conference with 13 tackles for loss ... Had four double-figure tackling efforts, including a career-high 15 stops against Arkansas ... Led the team in tackles in eight of the 11 games he played.

2007 (Sophomore): Played in 12 games, totaling 58 tackles ... Effective in pass defense with two interceptions and five pass breakups ... Shared the middle linebacker post with Braxton Kelley ... Had a career-high nine tackles in the win over Florida Atlantic, plus a 21-yard interception return for a touchdown ... Led the team with seven tackles vs. Eastern Kentucky ... Also tipped two balls vs. the Colonels, one of which led to an Ashton Cobb interception ... Underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 22 and showed his toughness by missing only one game, making six stops in his return against Vanderbilt ... Made four tackles, plus an interception and a pass breakup, in the Music City Bowl.

2006 (Freshman): Selected to the SEC All-Freshman Team by league coaches ... Made a surprise entry at running back in the Music City Bowl, crashing in from the one-yard line for Kentucky's first touchdown of the win over Clemson ... Played in all 13 games, including two starting assignments .... Made 29 tackles ... Notched a season-high seven stops, plus a pass breakup, at Louisville ... Forced a fumble vs. Central Michigan and recovered one at Tennessee ... As an upback on the kickoff return team, fielded a squib kick and ran it for 17 yards vs. Florida.

High School: One of the nation's top prospects, with a tremendous combination of size, speed, and strength ... An All-America choice by Parade magazine, Rivals.com, Scout.com, EA Sports, PrepStar and SuperPrep ... Rated the nation's top inside linebacker by ESPN ... One of four finalists for the Walter Payton Trophy as the nation's fastest, strongest, and most dedicated player ... Named "Mr. Football" in Kentucky, he also won the Paul Hornung Award and the Roy Kidd Award as state player of the year ... The No. 2 prospect in the Midwest and the No. 9 player in America by Scout.com ... The No. 1 player in Kentucky, the nation's No. 2 prospect as a potential strongside defensive end, the No. 36 overall prospect in the United States by Rivals.com ... The top prospect in Kentucky, No. 4 nationally as a defensive lineman, the No. 16 overall prospect in America, and the "Dixie Defensive Player of the Year" by SuperPrep ... Ranked No. 27 overall nationally by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming ... Moved to Kentucky in time for his junior season and played two years at Ft. Campbell (Ky.) HS ... Earned first-team all-state honors both seasons by The Associated Press and Louisville Courier-Journal ... Picked for the "Class of the Commonwealth" top-22 seniors in Kentucky by the Lexington Herald-Leader and was on the "Kentucky Tremendous 26" list by the state coaches association ... Led Ft. Campbell to a two-year record of 22-3, reaching the state quarterfinals his senior year and the second round of the playoffs his junior season ... Played linebacker and running back for the Falcons, with a two-year total of 2,543 rushing yards, 46 touchdowns, and 293 tackles ... Coached by Shawn Berner ... Played at West Potomac HS in Alexandria, Va., prior to Ft. Campbell ... Following his senior season, played for the winning East team in the U.S. Army All-American Game ... Participated in the Kentucky-Tennessee High School All-Star Game ... Recruiting finalists included Georgia, Notre Dame, and Kentucky.

Personal: Coming from a military family, Micah 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 ... Son of Nathaniel and Vicki Johnson ... Nathaniel played football at Bishop College ... His brother, Christian, is an offensive lineman at UK ... Major is family science.

Community Cats: Volunteer at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life (2007) ... Guest visitor at the Dance Blue Marathon (2008).

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