51  Tristian Johnson
Tristian Johnson


LaGrange, Ga.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 265

Defensive Tackle



63 UK Student-Athletes Participate in Graduation

Commencement held Saturday


Donte Rumph Named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week

Junior Donte Rumph honored by league office for performance in Samford game


Joker Phillips Press Conference Coverage

Held at the Wildcat Den


Kentucky Downs Samford in Home Finale, Senior Night

Sanders rushes for 123 yards, TD; Whitlow throws for TD and rushes for a second


Joker Phillips Press Conference Coverage

Held at the Wildcat Den


Tristian Johnson on Tennessee game

Kentucky defensive tackle Tristian Johnson on Tennessee game


Tristian Johnson talks about staying positive in practice

Kentucky defensive lineman Tristian Johnson talks about staying positive in practice


Tristan Johnson talks loss to USC and upcoming game with Mississippi State

Tristan Johnson talks loss to USC and upcoming game with Mississippi State.


FB vs. Tennessee, 113013

On senior day, the UK football team falls to Tennessee 27-14 on Saturday, November 30, 2013


FB vs. Florida, 092813

The University of Kentucky football team fell to Florida 24-7 at Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 28, 2013.


FB vs. Louisville, 091413

The University of Kentucky football team fell to Louisville 27-13 in the annual Governor's Cup game

A good story of perseverance ... Saw limited action his first three seasons and had to overcome an injury ... Finally began getting playing time last season and made the most of it ... Started the last nine games last season and hopes to retain that role this season ... Powerful, tough competitor who plays with great intensity ... Has played in 21 games, starting nine.

2012 (Junior): Strong play in practice led to playing time in games ... When Mister Cobble was sidelined by an illness, Johnson grabbed the starting role and never let it go, opening the final nine games of the season ... Finished with 27 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 quarterback sacks ... Credited with five quarterback hurries and broke up two passes ... Had a career-high six tackles vs. South Carolina, including a half-sack ... Five tackles vs. Mississippi State, with one sack ... Picked up a fumble vs. Samford and returned it 25 yards for a touchdown.

2011 (Sophomore): Sidelind by a shoulder injury for much of the season but managed to play in two games ... Made one tackle against Florida.

2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Gave UK depth at the defensive end position, playing in seven games ... Recorded a pass breakup against Akron.

2009 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Defensive Scout Team Player of the Week leading up to the upset of Auburn.

High School: Two-year member of the all-area team ... Racked up 97 tackles as a senior, an impressive total for a defensive end ... Added 11 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, one caused fumble, and three fumble recoveries, including one returned for a touchdown ... Notched 79 tackles, including 10 for loss, as a junior ... Ranked as the nation's No. 57 weakside defensive end by ... Has run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds, an excellent time for a defensive end, and also is noted for his quickness ... Senior season featured an 11-3 record, with LaGrange advancing to the semifinals of the state playoffs ... Joined the recent list of LaGrange players at Kentucky that includes former All-Southeastern Conference linebackers Wesley Woodyard and Braxton Kelley, former wide receiver DeMoreo Ford and former cornerback Randall Burden ... Coached by Steve Pardue ... "Tristian is a really explosive player, reminds me of Braxton Kelley," Pardue said ... A baseball outfielder who was named all-county and all-region his senior year ... Team advanced to the state playoffs his senior season ... Also a member of the school's wrestling team, with a best finish of second place in the region his sophomore year.

Personal: Born in Albany, Ga. ... Son of Henry Johnson and Renita Johnson ... Name is pronounced "TRIS-tan" ... Major is community and leadership development.

Community Cats: Participated in events with the Christian Appalachian Project for Pike County (2010), Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12), Indian Summer Camp (2012), Special Olympics (2013) and God's Pantry (2012, `13).

Tristian Says ... My nickname is: T-Knock ... My ideal vacation spot is: LaGrange, Ga. ... What non-football sporting event would you like to attend? game seven of the World Series ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: go around the world ... The coolest thing about UK is: getting to wear the Kentucky blue, which I have since seventh grade ... My hiddden talent is: golf.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium