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26 Todd Johnson
  • Free Safety
  • 6-1, 201
  • Senior, 4L
  • Sarasota (Riverview)

Received Orlando TD Club John MacBeth Award (character) award at the conclusion of 2003 spring drills....Drafted in the fourth round by the Chicago Bears with the 100th overall choice in the 2003 NFL Draft.

CAREER: Seen action in 47 career games with 35 starts for 3,001 plays and also played in the 2000 Citrus Bowl and started the 2001 Sugar Bowl and 2002 Orange Bowl...Has started three consecutive New Year's Day bowl games including the 2003 Outback Bowl...Two-time first-team All-SEC selection (2000-01) and Second-Team All-SEC pick in 2002...Named to Coaches' 1999 SEC All-Freshman Team...284 tackles (187 solo), with 40 "Big Plays" (14 pass deflections, nine interceptions, eight fumble recoveries, three blocked kicks, two forced fumbles, two forced hurries and two TBL) and 13 special teams tackles...Led the squad in total plays in each of the 2000 and 2001 seasons...

2002: Starter at free safety in 12 of 13 games who also saw action on punt block and kickoff return teams...Named AP and Coaches Second-Team All-SEC selection...Selected to play in the Senior Bowl...Ranked second among defensive backs with 88 tackles, including 54 solo hits...Ranked fourth among defensive players with 947 plays...Missed his first start in 32 consecutive games and the first game of collegiate career when he did not dress for the Auburn game after suffering a deep thigh bruise vs. LSU...Served as a game captain for three games (Miami, Ohio, Kentucky)...Recorded 10 tackles (six solo) vs. Michigan in the Outback Bowl and made one "Big Play" by making a TBL...Finished with 10 tackles, two interceptions, a blocked punt and a pass deflection in the loss to No. 1 Miami...Posted 10 tackles in three consecutive games (Miami, Ohio, Tennessee)...One of five Gator defenders to have at least one INT...Recipient of the Rex Farrior Award, given to UF's "Most Team-Oriented Player"... Named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll...

2001: The starter at free safety in all 11 regular season games and the Orange Bowl...First-team All-SEC selection by AP and second-team honors by league coaches...Ranked among the nation's top five safeties by Lindy's in their preseason rankings...Named to Thorpe Award watch list...72 tackles on the season (46 solo) ranked third on the team and second among defensive backs...772 plays led the team...Eight "Big Plays" (2 INT, 2 FR, blocked kick and 3 pass deflections) ranked fourth among defensive backs...Two interceptions tied for team lead...Seven tackles vs. Marshall were second most on the team...Seven tackles vs. Kentucky ranked second on the team...Eight tackles and three "Big Plays" (INT, 2 PD) vs. LSU...Tied career-high with 17 tackles (12 solo) vs. South Carolina...Eight tackles and 2 "Big Plays" (INT, PD) vs. Florida State...Six tackles and one "Big Play" (FR) vs. Tennessee...Started all 11 regular season games and the Orange Bowl...Led the Gators in the Orange Bowl in tackles with 13, including one tackle for loss (-1)...Won UF's post-season award as the "Most Outstanding Defensive Back"...

2000: Started the first four games (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Kentucky) at strong safety and the last eight regular season games (Mississippi State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Florida State and SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn) and the Sugar Bowl at free safety...Selected as UF's most outstanding defensive back...First-Team All-SEC selection by the Associated Press...990 plays was team high and was 158 more than anyone else on squad and 206 more than any other defensive player...102 total tackles (67 solo) with 13 "Big Plays" (five interceptions, forced fumble, four fumble recoveries, three deflected passes)...Recorded a turnover in eight of the season's 12 regular season games (all but LSU, Georgia, South Carolina and SEC Championship Game vs. Auburn)...102 tackles were tops on squad and were 19 more tackles than any other player on squad...67 solo tackles led squad, 12 more than any other player...Five interceptions ranked second on the team...13 "Big Plays" ranked second for a defensive back...Interceptions vs. Mississippi State (2), Auburn, Vanderbilt and Florida State...Fumble recoveries in four games (Ball State, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, Auburn)...Totaled five tackles and returned a fumble 76 yards for a TD vs. Middle Tennessee...Finished with a team-high 13 tackles with a fumble recovery vs. Tennessee...Intercepted two passes for 68 return yards and led Gators with 17 total tackles vs. Mississippi State...Three "Big Plays" (interception, forced fumble, fumble recovery) and career-high tying 17 tackles vs. Auburn...12 tackles vs. Georgia...Intercepted pass vs. Florida State before suffering a fractured index finger ( had surgery on November 20th )...Six tackles and one pass deflection vs. Auburn in the SEC Championship Game...

1999: Top backup at strong safety and a top member of special teams who played in all 12 games for 359 plays...Also played in Citrus Bowl...Named to Coaches' SEC All-Freshman Team...24 tackles (20 solo) and seven "Big Plays" (four pass deflections, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked kick) as a defensive back...10 special teams tackles ranked second on team and also had a blocked punt for that unit...Had an solid outing against UCF with two solo defensive tackles, three special teams tackles (one solo), a pass deflection and a blocked punt, which was returned for a TD...One solo tackle, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection against LSU...One solo tackle, one forced fumble and two special teams tackles versus Auburn...Two tackles (one solo) and a pass deflection against Georgia...Four tackles (three solo) versus Vanderbilt...Five tackles (four solo) on defense and one special teams tackle versus Florida State...Four solo tackles in the SEC Championship game against Alabama...Received UF's Most Responsible Award on defense during spring...

1998: Did not see any game action and was redshirted...Worked with the scout team at defensive back...

PREP: One of the state's top defensive backs in 1997 who gained All-America recognition...Named to SuperPrep's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the nation's top 30 DB prospects...Named to National Bluechips Recruiting Service's All-America Team and that publication also ranked him among the top five free safety prospects in the country...Named to PrepStar's All-America Team and that publication ranked him among the top five DB prospects in the southeast...Named to Florida's Super Seniors Team...A first-team all-state (6A) choice who was named the Defensive Player of the Year for his area by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune...Honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today...Selected among the top seven free safety prospects in the southeast by National Recruiting Advisor...91 tackles and six interceptions in '97 and 11 interceptions in his two-year starting career at free safety...Also a track athlete who was First-Team All-State as a junior...Involved with Habitat for Humanity, Youth for Christ and his local church youth group...High school coach was John Sprague...Also visited Alabama and Illinois during the recruiting process...

PERSONAL: Born Todd Edward Johnson on December 18, 1978 in Sarasota, Florida... Interested in a career in the FBI...Sister, Kristin, is a 1995 graduate of Florida...A Habitat for Humanity volunteer...Describes his personality as "quiet and easygoing"... Hobbies include playing basketball and working out...Favorite book is The Firm...Favorite sports personality is John Lynch of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers...Very involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes...In the sixth grade, went on a mission trip to Tahiti through his local church group... Parents: Chico and Patti Johnson...

Major: Physical Education Teaching.


CAREER STATISTICS
YEAR UT-AT TT TBL QBS FH FF FR PD INT
1999 20-4 24 0 0 0 1 1 4 0
2000 67-35 102 0 0 0 1 4 3 5
2001 46-26 72 0 0 0 0 2 3 2
2002 54-34 88 2 0 2 0 1 5 2
Totals 187-99 286 2 0 2 2 8 14 9

CAREER HIGHS:
Total Tackles: 17 (three times, last vs. South Carolina, 2001)
Tackles Behind the Line: 1 (vs. Michigan, 2002)
QB Sacks: --
Forced Fumbles: 1 (Auburn, 2000)
Interceptions: 2 (twice, last vs. Miami 2002)
Big Plays: 4 (Miami, 2002)

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