Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson


Newport News, Va.

High School:
Heritage H.S.

Height / Weight:
5-9 / 191



WORTH NOTING: One of the fastest players on the team ... has the ability to score each time he touches the ball ... averaged 5.3 yards per carry last year and ranked fifth in the ACC among players with at least 20 carries ...has a 5.6-yards per carry average in his career ...received his degree in anthropology this summer and will be compete as a graduate student this year.

HONORS: 2004--Co-recipient of the Rock Weir Award as the most improved player during spring practice.

AT VIRGINIA: 2005--One of the fastest players on the team ... has the ability to score each time he touches the ball ... appeared in 11 games, missing only the Temple game due to an injury ... saw most of his time in the backfield early in the season ...did not have a rushing attempt since the Florida State game in the sixth week ... fourth on the team in rushing with 267 yards, ranked 26th in the ACC ... fifth in the ACC in yards per carry (5.3 yds.) among players with at least 20 carries ...ninth in the conference in kickoff returns with an average of 21.0 yards per return ... gained 32 yards and scored once vs. Western Michigan ... bolted 70 yards for an important touchdown against Syracuse ...it was the team's longest run from scrimmage all season ...finished with a season-high 81 yards on just six carries in that game ...ran for 45 yards on nine carries against Duke ...also returned a kickoff 68 yards, the longest of his career ...10 carries for 46 yards against Maryland ...gained 51 yards on 11 attempts and caught three passes for 27 yards against Boston College ...caught three balls for 27 yards again the next week in the win over Florida State ...also rushed seven times for 12 yards vs. the Seminoles ... earned his third letter.

2004--Returned to action after redshirting in 2003 ...played in all 12 games, although his time in the backfield decreased during the season's final month ...also returned kickoffs and played on the punt return unit ...21st in the ACC in rushing with an average of 31.8 ygp ... rushed for a career-high 381 yards and one touchdown ... averaged 6.05 yards per carry, the third-best average in the ACC among players with at least 50 carries ...led the team with seven runs of 20 yards or more ...five receptions for 24 yards ... second on the team in kickoff returns with a 23.6-yard average ...11 carries for 57 yards in the opener against Temple ... rushed 14 times for 69 yards and a touchdown against North Carolina ...cracked the century mark for the first time in his career with 102 yards on only six carries in a win over Akron ...his average of 17.0 yards per carry is the second-highest average in school history for a player gaining 100 yards ...had three runs of at least 20 yards, including a season-long 56-yarder, in the game ... gained 48 yards on eight carries against Syracuse ... seven rushes for 47 yards against Duke ...ran for 37 yards on six carries vs. Georgia Tech in his most recent action in the backfield ...returned two kickoffs for a 38-yard average vs. Fresno State in the MPC Computers Bowl ... had a season-long 47-yard return in that game ... lettered.

2003--Red-shirted, but was on the travel squad all season.

2002--Played in nine games ... was slowed due to an ankle injury that cut his playing time early on ... fourth on the team with 133 yards rushing, eighth among ACC true freshmen ... averaged 5.1 yards per carry, tied for the best on the team ... also caught five passes for 25 yards and returned three punts for a 20.3-yard average ... averaged 6.4-yards per touch ...picked up eight yards on the first carry of his career against Colorado State in the season opener ... finished the game with five carries for 37 yards ... also caught two passes and gained 15 yards on his first catch ... added a 38-yard punt return vs. the Rams on the fourth touch of his college career ... had five carries for 19 yards and two receptions for 17 yards against Florida State ... also had a 17-yard punt return, UVa's fourth-longest return of the year ... injured his ankle on a punt return against South Carolina in the third week and missed the next four games ... returned to action with two carries for five yards vs. North Carolina ... rushed for 23 yards vs. N.C. State ... scored his first touchdown on a five-yard run vs. No. 18 Maryland ... had two carries for 23 yards, including a 16-yarder, against West Virginia in the Continental Tire Bowl ... lettered.

HIGH SCHOOL: Three-year starter at Heritage HS for coach John Quillen ... rushed for 4,394 yards and scored 99 touchdowns in just three years ...added 1,678 receiving yards in his career ... two-way player who intercepted 10 passes in his career and made 86 tackles ... Parade All-American ... SuperPrep All-American ... PrepStar All-American ... PrepStar Top-125 Dream Team (No. 14 running back) ... rated the nation's No. 3 speed back by Max Emfinger ... No. 19 on Student Sports Hot 100 Recruits ... 12th-best running back in the nation and its No. 4 player in Virginia by SuperPrep ... No. 37 prospect and seventh-best running back in the nation according to Tom Lemming ... nation's 14th-best player and No. 1 all-around back by Rivals.com ... third-best running back by Student Sports Magazine ... rated the nation's 23rd-best player Collegefootball news.com ...No. 2 running back in the Atlantic region by PrepStar ... Prep Football Report's No. 37 player in the country and No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Coast region ... sixth-best player in Virginia by the Roanoke Times ...eighth among Virginia players on the Charlottesville Daily Progress "Gold List" ... rushed for 1,431 yards and scored 29 touchdowns as a senior ... added 808 receiving yards on offense, and six interceptions and 56 tackles on defense ... first-team Group AAA All-State, All-Area, All-Region, All-District ... rushed for 2,028 yards as a junior to become the first Peninsula District player to rush for 2,000 yards ... had 10 carries of 90 yards or more ... ran for 284 yards on nine carries and six touchdowns in one game that season ... scored 52 touchdowns as his team won the state championship with a 14-0 record his junior season ... rushed for 935 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as a sophomore and was named second-team All-State ... also earned All-Region and All-District honors that season ... ran track ... named to All-USA track and field team ... Honor Roll student ... awarded the 2001 Perfect Attendance Award and named Most Improved in math.

PERSONAL: Michael Kimlar Johnson, Jr. ... born 7-26-83 in Newport News, Va. ... son of Zeledeen Johnson and Michael Johnson, Sr. ... has an older brother, Chris, and three older sisters, Teashu, Tiffany, and Siana ... received his degree in anthropology this summer and will be compete as a graduate student this year.

Johnson Rushing

Year G No. Yds. Avg. YPG LP TD
2002 9 26 133 5.1 14.8 19 1
2004 12 63 381 6.1 31.8 56 1
2005 11 50 267 5.3 24.3 70 2
Career 32 139 781 5.6 24.4 70 4

Johnson Receiving

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD RPG
2002 9 5 25 5.0 15 0 0.6
2004 12 5 24 4.8 17 0 0.5
2005 11 9 87 9.7 17 0 0.8
Career 32 19 136 7.2 17 0 0.6

Johnson Kickoff Returns

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2004 12 13 307 23.6 47 0
2005 11 16 336 21.0 68 0
Career 32 29 643 22.2 68 0

Johnson Punt Returns

Year G No. Yds. Avg. LP TD
2002 9 3 61 20.3 38 0
2005 11 11 56 5.1 16 0
Career 32 14 117 8.4 38 0