2005 Up and Comer: Kelin Johnson

ATHENS – Georgia struggled in the interceptions department last season, but one newcomer to the team had one of the team's lowly five interceptions.

Kelin Johnson, a Daytona Beach native, was one of the few Bulldogs last season with an interception. Johnson had his lone interception in the Bulldogs' blowout win over Kentucky last season.

Although Johnson did not score on the interception return the play did open up a lot of Bulldog fans' eyes – Johnson wasn't just a spectacular special teams player; he was a solid safety, too.

After seeing action in all 12 of Georgia's games last season, Johnson enters 2005 with momentum on his side. Playing time will be more abundant for Johnson this season – Thomas Davis is gone and that opens up more time for Johnson. But Johnson will continue to work under senior Greg Blue at free safety. Tra Battle is the number one player at the rover spot right now, and Johnson could get a look there in 2005 as well; he may bee too good to keep off the field.

Johnson was showered with honors this past season including: Defensive Newcomer of the Year, Unknown Soldier, Special Teams Performance Award, and Most Improved Defensive Back.

Most players are happy with one award in a season – Johnson had four as a freshman.


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